Bedroom Outlets


Old 07-26-03, 10:28 AM
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Bedroom Outlets

I'm getting ready to re-wire the old bedroom wiring in my 1950's house. There are three bedrooms, with a total of 11 outlets. According to my calculations:

11 outlets * 180 watts (est.) / 120 volts = 16.50 amps

Generally, the only thing plugged into these outlets is the occasional vaccuum, a couple of bedside lamps, and a few clock radios. (House is Central A/C).

This leads me to believe I can run all three bedrooms from one 20 amp circuit.

Is it better to run each bedroom from it's own separate circuit, or does it make sense to run them all on one circuit?

I plan to eventually replace the breaker for the bedrooms with an AFCI, but won't do that right now.

Any thoughts/opinions would be appreciated!
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Old 07-26-03, 12:21 PM
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They can all be on one circuit. There is no code requirement in residential like in commercial to force the 180VA per duplex recept calculation.

Just as a practice, many like to keep bedrooms on seperate circuits, but it is not required.
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Do the BR's have window AC units??
Old 07-26-03, 09:39 PM
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No. House is Central A/C.
Old 07-26-03, 09:40 PM
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AFCI's are required by the latest NEC for all bedroom circuits (even lighting). Put the AFCI breakers in now.
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Don't skimp.

Check locally for AFCI requirements. They vary widely.
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