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# Number of outlets/fixtures - Florida

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05-02-08, 07:40 AM
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Number of outlets/fixtures - Florida

I know there's something in the Florida Bldg. Code (probably same as national electrical) about the number of outlets and lighting fixtures that can be run from one circuit. I can't remember how to figure this and am getting lost in the online code databases. Can anyone answer this question for me?

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05-02-08, 09:47 AM
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The US National Electric Code does not specify a limit on lights or receptacles on a circuit. I do not know if Florida follows unmodified NEC or if they have local amendments which may specify a limit.

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05-02-08, 10:31 AM
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You may be thinking about the commercial side of the NEC. Commercially, I think the number is 12 receptacles per circuit, but as was stated, there's no limit in residential use in terms of the NEC.

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05-02-08, 12:00 PM
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A while back, maybe 8 -10 years ago it was a rule in the florida building code that you could'nt put more than 12 points on a circuit.

Points were as follows :

Light switch = 1 point
Receptacles = 2 points

So for example you could have 2 switches and 5 recpts. on a circuit = 12 points.

I have been out of residential electrical new construction for a while but I am pretty sure this is no longer enforced although plenty of electricans still follow it anyway. This rule always only applied to residential and not commercial

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05-02-08, 03:10 PM
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That's it! An architect told me that. He's in his forties max and uses it.

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05-04-08, 02:10 PM
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What a silly system! What the heck does a switch have to do with the expected load on a circuit? I could have 15 fixtures all on one switch or 15 fixtures on 15 switches and have the same load. Likewise any single switch could have a 3W LED fixture or a 1500W heat lamp.

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