14-2 on 20a


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Old 08-05-04, 11:44 AM
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14-2 on 20a

I'm wiring up the shop for lights and I have 12 4 foot flourescent shop lights that I plan on running off two switches. I'm putting 6 recepticals in the ceiling, 3 on one switch, 3 on the other. I have 50 ft of 14-2 wire that I hate to waste but my panel only came with 20 amp breakers. Should I get 2 15 amp breakers for the lights and use my wire or get 10-2 and use the 20's.
Any suggestions? I've done it right up to this point and I want to keep it that way.
 
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Old 08-05-04, 11:46 AM
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Either buy 15 amp breakers and use your 14 gauge wire, or buy 12 gauge wire (not 10 gauge) for the 20 amp breakers.
 
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Thanks. I'll just pick up some 12 ga wire. It'll cost about the same and I need some 12 for the wall outlets. My box came with 5 20a breakers.
 
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You will find that is most economical (per foot) to purchase a 250 foot roll of wire, rather than 50 or 100 feet. With 250 feet you don't worry nearly as much about leaving plenty of wire at each junction box to make the connection.
 
 

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