06:22AM | 11/05/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Greetings again all!

As you may recall, I recently had a question about replacing an old unprotected kitchen outlet with a GFCI. There happens to be a light switch "downstream" from the outlet.

As I learned from Tom O (on this forum), code requires that lighting not be on GFCI. So I've had to run separate "line" and "load" from the GFCI box ("line" for the light switch (in another box), "load" for downstream receptacles). (A downstream receptacle is in a double box with the light switch.)

This has turned into a bit more work than I'd hoped (like most home projects!), but I definitely want the safety of GFCI and the best possible installation. Are there any other requirements or things I should know? Like, can all (line and load) downstream ground wires be treated equally (attached together)? Is there anything a future electrician would like to see when they open this up years down the road (to help tell line from load, etc)?

Thanks again for your help!

-k2 in Colorado


07:14AM | 11/05/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Sorry folks, I have found a simpler and better way to do this. I will just move the lighting to an existing switch on another circuit. That way there's no need for separate line and load, and everything is straightforward.

OK to delete post, unless anyone has any interesting discussion.


Tom O

10:56AM | 11/05/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
Just to make sure that you understood what I said in a post on another thread.

Lighting can be on a GFI. It cannot be on the kitchen small appliance circuits.



03:50PM | 11/05/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi Tom,

Thanks again; I am pleased to be able to say that the lighting will NOT be on the GFI (small appliance circuit). It actually turned out to be an easy fix....just moved the lighting over to another light switch--and it is actually better all around.

Thanks again, Tom, for taking the time to respond. See you on another post!




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