02:59PM | 04/24/04
Member Since: 04/23/04
10 lifetime posts
I am wiring a new family room in our basement. I wonder what is the maximum quantity of outlets I should install on a 15 - amp circuit?

Thank You.


Tom O

04:37PM | 04/24/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Strange as it may seem, put as many receptacles on this circuit as you want.

The requirement is that you have enough circuit capacity to serve the square feet of finished space. If memory serves me right, that works out to 600 square feet for a 15 amp general purpose lighting circuit.



06:21PM | 04/26/04
Member Since: 04/23/04
10 lifetime posts
Tom, Thank you for your response. It means a lot to me. I guess the "heart" of my question would be..........Will a typical 27 inch tv & a computer / printer and a lamp typically draw more then 15 amps if all on at the same time? This is a family room and I wonder if I should divide up the 8 outlets I am planning into 2 circuits?

Thank you in advance.

L. Mason


06:10PM | 05/08/04
Member Since: 04/23/04
10 lifetime posts


06:11PM | 05/08/04
Member Since: 04/23/04
10 lifetime posts
Or go to 20 amps circuit and run 12/2
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon