20A circuit with a 15A switch...


Old 09-19-06, 01:59 PM
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20A circuit with a 15A switch...

Wondering if this combo will pose any problems. I wired my entire basement w/all 12ga wire. I have a 20A breaker going to my switch which is 15A (all I could find at Home Depot). This switch controls 7 - 50W Recessed Cans. Is there such thing as 20A single pole switch??
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Old 09-19-06, 02:06 PM
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No this is not a problem. Yes there are 20 amp switches, but you typically have to go to an electrical supply store to find them.
Old 09-19-06, 02:13 PM
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My Home Depot has thousands of them. But as long as your lighting load is limited to the rating, you can use a 15A switch on your 20A circuit.

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