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.