New Circuit Basement.


Old 05-29-07, 03:55 PM
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New Circuit Basement.

I'm just about to start wiring my basement. I'm planning to dedicate a new 15 amp CB circuit for 12 outlets and a new 15amp CB circuit for 5 lights. I not to confident about the lighting circuit. Anywhere I can get a look at sample ciruit?
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I would recommend that you buy and read a few books before you start this project. I hope that you aren't going to use much in the basement, because 12 recepts on one 15a breaker is A LOT, not by any means a code violation, but that isn't much current for 12 recepts. But really, for the safety of your family and others, I would recommend reading a few books on basic wiring before taking on such a task.
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Don;t waste your time and effort on a 15 amp circuit for receptacles. For just a few dollars more and no more work you can have a 20 amp circuit, meaning 33 percent more power.

Further, consider what will be on that circuit. For a room that size I would go with at least two receptacle circuits.

What is confusing you about the lighting circuit? Is it the switches? Any good book on wiring, and you should buy at least two or three BEFORE you do any work will have good pictures and all the information you need.
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Run the cable from the breaker box to the first switch box, from the first switch box to the second switch box, etc. Then run a cable from each switch box to the first light that switch controls, then from the first light to the second light, etc.

If you plan on any 3-way switches, give us more detail.

More circuits are almost always better if you have the space in the panel. If panel space is a problem, give us more detail.
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Exclamation Check Wire Size

Be sure to use 12 gage wire if you do go with the 20 amp breaker for the receptacles. 14 gage is fine for the lights if you use a 15 amp breaker.
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