Receptacles on 15A Circuit


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Old 09-02-14, 12:34 PM
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Receptacles on 15A Circuit

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I have four 4 foot fluorescent hanging lights with power cords attached that I want to hang in my shop. I want to run emt with #14 thhn to the ceiling and install receptacles on a 15A circuit. These would be controlled by a wall switch. I know it's preferred to have receptacles on a 20A circuit. My question is: Does the NEC allow me to install these receptacles in the ceiling for lights on a 15A breaker? I assume the first receptacle in the series will have to be a GFCI? Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 09-02-14, 12:46 PM
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No prohibition. Amperage of the circuit is determined by the potential load that will be placed on it.
 
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Old 09-02-14, 12:56 PM
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I assume the first receptacle in the series will have to be a GFCI
If in a garage, (or garage like) location yes. However the GFCI is required to be readily accessible, meaning it needs to be able to be accessed without a ladder.
 
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Old 09-02-14, 12:58 PM
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You could also protect the entire circuit with a GFCI breaker.
 
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Old 09-02-14, 01:17 PM
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Or a two gang switch box with a switch and a deadface GFCI or a GFCI switch.
 
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Thanks guys, I appreciate all of the info. I believe I'll go with the GFCI breaker.
 
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Old 09-03-14, 05:06 AM
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A GFI receptacle is about 1/3 the cost of the breaker.
 
 

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