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marvin001

06:53AM | 01/25/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
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All the circuits in my home are 20 amp circuits. I've installed some additional lighting using dimmer switches rated for either 15 or 20 amps. The house was built in '65 and eventually I'm going to want to replace all the other existing light switches. But I can't find any toggle style light switches that are residential grade and rated for 20 amps. All I can find are the commercial grade switches, which is not what I want because they have the larger toggle and are more expensive. Why can't I find what I'm looking for? Are there any other solutions?

jag42420

11:22AM | 01/25/06
Member Since: 01/19/06
10 lifetime posts
20A is the rating for the entire circuit. Generally, 15A receptacles and switches are permitted by code as long as there are at least 2 per circuit because each will generally be less than 15A (Even 1 receptacle counts as 2 if it is duplex). The only time you'd need a 20A would be where it was the only thing on the circuit, like on a refrigerator circuit that had a single outlet, not duplex.

marvin001

11:59AM | 01/25/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
2 lifetime posts
Thanks. This makes sense now. Especially since I discovered that all my existing switches and receptacles are 15A.
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