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Restricted Circuits

Certain areas require there own circuits and have special rules:

  • Laundry. The laundry room or area requires a dedicated 20 amp circuit for the washer. This circuit can also be used to feed other general use recepticle outlet(s) in the laundry room, but can not feed any lights or other equipment, and can not leave the laundry room/area.
  • Bathroom. A 20 amp dedicated circuit is required for the bathroom recepticles. This circuit is to be used for the bathroom recepticle outlets only. It may be used to feed the recepticle outlets in multiple bathrooms, but may not be used to feed any lights, other equipment, or anything outside of the bathrooms. You may have more than one dedicated bathroom recepticle circuit (for example, one for the master bath and one for the main and powder baths), but they all must comply with this rule.
  • Kitchen. The kitchen requires a minimum of two dedicated 20 amp circuits for general use recepticles. All general use kitchen recepticle outlets must be fed from one of these circuits. With the exception of the refrigerator and/or gas range igniter, these circuits can feed no other equipment or lighting. These circuits can be used to feed general use recepticle outlets in the dinning room/nook, but no other areas.
  • Dinning/Nook. If you are not feeding the recepticles in the dinning/nook from the kitchen recepticle circuits, they need to be on their own dedicated 20 amp circuit. This circuit can feed no other lighting or equipment, and no other areas.
  • Bedrooms. While not technically required to be dedicated, the bedrooms are usually fed with dedicated 15 amp circuits. This is done because all 120 volt outlets (lighting and recepticles, the only exception being the smoke detector) in bedrooms must be AFCI protected. The easiest way to do this is to use a dedicated circuit with an AFCI circuit breaker.

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