GFCI confusion


Old 01-29-05, 08:42 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
GFCI confusion

I'm wiring a new bathroom. The power source is run to the outlet where I will put the GFCI outlet. The load on the GFCI will be a light and an exhaust fan/light. I ran 12-3 to all boxes and am planning on putting a 20a circuit breaker in for the circuit.

My confusion is with the GFCI outlet. The packaging says it's 15amp, but the plug itself says 20a 125v on it? Is this the right outlet to use? Or do I need to buy one that says 20amp on the package?

Sponsored Links
Old 01-29-05, 08:48 AM
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: United States
Posts: 18,497
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
When you say 12-3, do you mean black/white/bare (commonly called 12/2) or do you mean black/red/white/bare (commonly called 12/3)?

The answer to your question is that it is perfectly fine to use the GFCI you bought in the application you bought it for. 15-amp receptacles can be used on 20-amp circuits, because all 15-amp receptacles have 20-amp pass-through capacity.
Old 01-29-05, 11:55 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
whoops, yep i meant 12-2. Thanks for the response.
Old 01-30-05, 05:21 PM
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 10
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
what you are doing is nec legal as of 210-11(b)(3) as long as the 2o amp circuit supplies one bathroom and thats it. I do not like to put the lighting on the load side of the gfi because if the gfi trips the person(s) will be in the dark. Some of these gfis can be tempermental and give a nuisance trip once in awhile for no reason. Just my advice

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: