General Use Circuits
Before I get to the numbers and specifics, let me
hit on a few points:
- Only you know what you will be using
in the area. If it is an area you know you will have a lot of
stuff plugged-in and/or turned on at the same time, don't put as many
receptacles and/or lights on the
- It's better to be light than heavy.
When figuring your circuits, leave some extra space. Just because you
can put three or maybe even four rooms on a circuit doesn't mean you
have to! Think about the future, what if you want to add a light later?
It will be much harder if your circuit is maxed out already.
- Think logically and keep things
organized. Make it easy on yourself! It's usually much easier to
keep areas grouped together instead of jumping across the house with a
circuit just because you have some capacity left on it.
- Don't go overboard! I know,
you're thinking "but you just said..."! Just hold on a minute. Like I
said before, think logically. Keep in mind that most electrical panels
only have 42 spaces. While it's good practice to keep things on the
lighter side, not every room needs its own circuit. Again, think about
what the usage of the area will be and how much you will be plugging in
turning on at the same time.
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