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Adding electrical outlet off of pull-chain light fixture in basement

Adding electrical outlet off of pull-chain light fixture in basement

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Old 10-01-17, 11:35 PM
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Adding electrical outlet off of pull-chain light fixture in basement

Can I add a single or a series of electrical outlets from a pull-chain light fixture that is currently mounted in our basement without causing any issues? One concern I have is it's 14-2 going to the light fixture and my understanding is that I should us 12-2 for electrical outlets. I haven't double-check, but I assume the lights are running off a 15A breaker. Will I have issues running electrical outlets off a 15A breaker? This is in a workshop area of the basement so there will be some high draw tools running off these outlets.
 
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Old 10-01-17, 11:43 PM
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my understanding is that I should us 12-2 for electrical outlets.
Not true. Most receptacles with the exception of places like kitchens and bathrooms are #14 on a 15 amp breaker. You would need to know the amps of all the tools that might be running at the same time to determine if 15 amps is enough. In reality if you work alone only one tool will be in use at any time and normal 120 volt tools are designed to be used on a 15 amp circuit.
 
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Old 10-02-17, 07:57 AM
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The box might be too small to add another cable.

you would probably be better served by adding a new 20 amp gfi protected receptacle circuit for your tools.
 
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