240 volt plug. Can it be a split plug?


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Old 05-17-20, 09:43 AM
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240 volt plug. Can it be a split plug?

Hello
I am going to install a 240 volt plug. My question is can 1 receptical, be split to create 2 individual 240 plugs?
Each 240 volt plug would have it's own wire, so 2 separate wires entering a plastic box, and each of the wires would run separately to the panel. I don't have room for a double box, or it would be simple.
I have 8 plug boxes available, and need to plug in 12 fixtures.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

The fixture can run on 120 or 240 volt, so it has a standard plug end. I want to run it on 240 volt.

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Old 05-17-20, 09:59 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

The fixture can run on 120 or 240 volt, so it has a standard plug end. I want to run it on 240 volt.
Then you would need to install a 240v plug on the light.
You can't take a standard 120v duplex receptacle and split it for 2x240v use.

You would use a regular 240v 20a receptacle..... and split it.

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Old 05-17-20, 10:41 AM
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Do they have a 240 20 amp regular plug? I would hate to disturb the cord that comes with it.
 
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Old 05-17-20, 10:48 AM
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The picture I've shown is the 240v 20a receptacle. By code..... you can't connect 240v to a regular duplex receptacle for two reasons...... 1) it's only rated for 120v and 2) having 240v on a 120v receptacle could be a future problem if a 120v device was plugged into that receptacle.
 
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Old 05-17-20, 10:54 AM
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That makes sense, regarding if someone plugged in a 120 devise in the outlet. What size wire should be used? 12/2

I appreciate the responses.
 
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Old 05-17-20, 03:19 PM
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Yes, use 12-2 Romex to wire up the 240 volt receptacles to double wide double 20 amp breaker sets with single handle or tied double handles. Since each device draws 6.8 amps only two can go on each branch circuit so you need six branch circuits (and 6 breaker sets) for the 12 devices.

Since the devices together draw 82 amps you need to do a home or building load analysis (sample rules at the back of the NEC book) and the possibliity exists you may need to install a larger electrical service.
 
 

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