Questions regarding bathroom electrical

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Old 05-26-13, 04:15 PM
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Questions regarding bathroom electrical

Hello everyone,

I have a basement bathroom that is powered off the same 15 amp circuit that feeds an upstairs bedroom, amongst other items. The bathroom has a single overhead light powered by a switch, with a GFCI receptacle next to it in a two gang box. I'm not totally sure yet how it's all wired together, but it's the same circuit and there are one or two junction boxes above the false ceiling tying everything together.

I would like to install an exhaust fan in the bathroom. I understand that I will have to install a dedicated 20 amp circuit for the GFCI once I get into everything.

Can I leave the lighting on the same circuit it's on now? Simply remove the existing GFI recep from the circuit.

Can I power the exhaust fan off the load side of the above GFCI? I would install a 3 gang box. One space for the GFI, one for the light switch and the new space for the exhaust fan switch.

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Old 05-26-13, 04:25 PM
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I would like to install an exhaust fan in the bathroom. I understand that I will have to install a dedicated 20 amp circuit for the GFCI once I get into everything.

Can I leave the lighting on the same circuit it's on now?
Yes.

Can I power the exhaust fan off the load side of the above GFCI?
Yes, but I wouldn't. Because it's a fan motor and because it doesn't need GFCI protection, I would add it to the 15A lighting circuit.
 
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