GFCI Switch and Receptacle Amp Rating

Old 11-22-14, 09:19 AM
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Hi all, I am having similar situation. I am wiring a powder room. I am planning to have 2 switches (one for the fan and the other one for the lights) and one gfci. I read I need a 20 amp circuit. Is this a code requirement? Or can I use a 15 amp circuit? I was confused when I saw the pictures above, it seems a 15 amp gfci. What about the switches? should there be 20 amp or can I use 15 amp?

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Old 11-22-14, 10:44 AM
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CEC differs from NEC in certain rules. The thread was based on NEC rules. IIRC Canada requires 20 amp receptacles on 20 amp circuits. The NEC on the other hand allows 15 amp if there are two or more places to plug in and a duplex receptacle counts as two places. Note: US 15 amp receptacles are 20 amp pass through.
Old 11-22-14, 01:20 PM
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The switch needs to be rated for the load it controls, not the circuit ampacity.

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