07:53PM | 01/18/04
Member Since: 01/18/04
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I am finishing a rec-room. I have planned for 12 receptacles. Should I use a 15 or 20 amp circuit? I am also intalling recessed lighting. Approx. 16 cans. Should I run a seperate circuit for the lights or can I run off the same circuit used for the receptacles? If a separate ciruit, should I use 15 or 20 amp?

Thank you!


09:23AM | 01/19/04
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
12 receptacles is a LOT for one circuit. The pro's will probably tell you to use 2 circuits. Also, 16 lights should be enough to justify yet another one.


05:24PM | 01/19/04
Member Since: 01/18/04
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Thanks rpxlpx. Any suggestions on using 15 amp vs. 20 amp circuits? Should I use, lets say, a 15/20 amp per 6 outlets and use a seperate circuit for the 16 recessed lights?


03:22PM | 01/29/04
Member Since: 12/23/02
32 lifetime posts
a licensed electrician once told me that a 15 amp breaker can handle a max of 12 outlets or 12 lights (max 100 watt each light)..


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