GFCI: Breaker or Outlet?

Old 03-13-04, 11:49 AM
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GFCI: Breaker or Outlet?


In my bathroom rehab project, I'm going to put in a dedicated GFCI (20 amp) circuit - probably 3 outlets: 1 behind the vanity or medicine cabinet for a 'dedicated' hair dryer, then one on each side of the sink. I was thinking that I could either put in a GFCI breaker in my box, or use one GFCI outlet then put the other 2 outlets 'downstream' from it. Any opinions on what would be best or suggested?

Also, I'll be putting in a ceiling heat lamp (I've yet to buy or look at any yet), do these generally need dedicated circuits or could I use the same circuit as an overhead light and ceiling fan?

Old 03-13-04, 12:39 PM
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Although both satisfy code, and both work well, I recommend the receptacle:
  • It's much less expensive.
  • It makes it easier to do that monthly test (you do do that, right?).
  • It makes it easier to reset if it trips.
Check the wattage of the heat lamp. It can probably share the circuit with the lighting and the fan.

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