Electrician Training Electrical Certification
wiring recessed light fixtures Electrical Wiring Electrical Troubleshooting and Electrical Repairs wire outdoor light fixture Home Electrical Wiring Diagrams
wiring home generator and transfer switch wiring a 220 volt range cord outlet Wiring for GFCI Outlets Wiring Outlets and a Switched Outlet Wiring and Installing Ceiling Fans and Remote Controls wire dimmer switch wiring diagrams for switches wiring a dryer cord and 220 outlet circuit breaker panel
Electrical Wire and Cable

AFCI Arc Fault Requirements for Home Electrical Circuits

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Arc Fault Outlets for the Home: The AFCI Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter is used for specific circuits as required by the NEC Code.

NEC 210-12 AFCI Arc Fault Interrupter Circuit Requirements

Electrical Question: What is an arc fault circuit interrupter used for? Is it mainly used for smoke detectors?

This electrical question came from: Vicky, from Akeley, Minnesota.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Vicky.

Arc Fault Outlets for the Home

The Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter are used for specific  Home Electrical Circuits as required by the NEC Code

AFCI Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter Requirements for Homes
The Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter is designed to turn off an electrical circuit when an arc is detected that can lead to a fire or other hazardous conditions within the range of the protection that the AFCI is able to detect. AFCI  protection  is now mentioned in the National Electrical Code and required in several areas of the home, and as adopted by your local building department or agency.

NEC Codes for AFCI in Home Electrical Applications

More about Home Electrical AFCI

Home Electrical Wiring Codes

Electrical Code Articles for Home Wiring

Electrical Code Directory covering AFCI circuit, electrical-boxes, electrical-circuit, electrical-code-outlets, electrical GFCI, electrical-grounding, electrical-project, electrical-services, electrical-underground, electrical-wiring, electrical-wiring-code, lighting-code, and smoke-detectors.

Home AFCI Circuits

GFCI and AFCI Circuit Breakers

Arc Fault Circuit Interruption AFCI provides the extra measure of safety for your family. AFCI’s are installed serving required house wiring circuits protecting areas such as the bedrooms. AFCI protects the bedroom circuit devices against the danger of arcing which can lead to fire.
AFCI Circuit Electrical Codes

Learn How to Wire it Right with my
Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring
Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
Handyman, Handywomen, and Electricians
Wiring GFCI Outlets
Wiring Home Electrical Circuits
120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Cord and Dryer Outlet
How to Troubleshoot and Repair Electrical Wiring
Wiring Methods for Upgrading Electrical Wiring
Electrical Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.

» Click here to learn more about Home Electrical Wiring «
  repair electrical wiring  


Click the banner to Ask an Electrical Question:
electrical question

FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

2 Responses to “AFCI Arc Fault Requirements for Home Electrical Circuits”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    You are Very Welcome!


  2. haitham hashim says:

    Thank you for this important topic