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# How many electric wall plugs can be put on one 15 amp fuse??

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10-18-05, 01:59 PM
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How many electric wall plugs can be put on one 15 amp fuse??

Can you tell me what is the rule of thumb , that in one circuit with a 15 amp breaker, how many electrical wall plugs can you have on this one circuit without causing an overload situation?

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10-18-05, 02:10 PM
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In practice, you might overload a circuit with just one receptacle, or you might have 1000 receptacles without overloading it. It depends on what you plug in.

But rule of thumb suggest no more than 8 receptacles on one 15-amp circuit, assuming there are no fixed appliances or light fixtures on the same circuit. You are free to adjust this rule of thumb up or down if you have some knowledge of what will be plugged in.

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01-12-08, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by John Nelson
In practice, you might overload a circuit with just one receptacle, or you might have 1000 receptacles without overloading it. It depends on what you plug in.

But rule of thumb suggest no more than 8 receptacles on one 15-amp circuit, assuming there are no fixed appliances or light fixtures on the same circuit. You are free to adjust this rule of thumb up or down if you have some knowledge of what will be plugged in.
What about a 20 amp circuit?

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01-12-08, 03:21 PM
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You didn't post a location. In Canada you are limited to 12 per circuit both 15 and 20 amp.

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02-11-08, 09:51 AM
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12 duplex or 6 duplex?

Hello,

Now is that 12 duplex outlets giving you 24 individual recepticles or is that 12 individual recepticles from 6 duplex outlets?

Thank you,

Bob

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02-11-08, 10:19 AM
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It is 12 outlets.
An outlet can be a duplex receptacle, a light fixture, a ceiling fan or any other device that could be connected to the circuit.
12 duplex receptacles count a 12 outlets not 24.

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