20amp vs 15amp circuit


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Old 12-12-05, 02:14 PM
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Cool 20amp vs 15amp circuit

During recent remodel I wired one circuit in dining room for 20amp outlets. Was good for power tools during construction but now I have a section of outlets which I will use for lamps, etc which are rated for 15amp (I think) - is this a problem to used the circuit for lamps, etc or should I change out the breaker and install with 15amp breaker - if so, will I need to swap all outlets from 20amp rated to 15amp rated ones. (it is wired with 12 guage wire)

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Duplex receptacles rated for 15-amps can be used on a circuit with all 12-gauge wire on a 20-amp breaker.

You are aware I hope that a circuit serving dining room receptacles cannot serve anything other than kitchen and dining room receptacles.
 
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Leave it alone...you're fine.
 
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Old 12-12-05, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by John Nelson
You are aware I hope that a circuit serving dining room receptacles cannot serve anything other than kitchen and dining room receptacles.

John, just curious...Do you know how long this restriction has existed?
 
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No........
 
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I realize in the big scheme of things, it's not too old, but my 1993 NEC has it. That's the oldest book I have handy.
 
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Apparently it wasn't in the NEC in 1975 when my house was built...The shared wall between my living and dining room share a circuit.

Similar to my bathroom/garage/outside receptical circuit. It was up to code in 1975.
 
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Bathroom/garage/outside receptical circuits were legal up until 1996.
 
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Old 12-13-05, 07:11 AM
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Thanks for responding - I designed this circuit to serve the dining area (3 outlets) and one outlet that is located on the side of a kitchen island that seperates the space - so the circuit is only for dining area and kitchen.

I will not worry about changing anything now that I know it's perfectly OK to plug standard lamps into 20amp without problem.

Thanks again for the quick responses!
 
 

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