Electrical Code for Garage GFI Outlets and Receptacles
How to Plan and Installing Electrical Wiring for Garage Outlets and Lighting Circuits: Electrical Codes about GFCI protection for 15A and 20A, 125V receptacles in garages.
GFI Protection for Garage Outlets and Lighting
Electrical Question: How many receptacles and lights are legally allowed on a electrical circuit in a residential garage, and does there have to be a GFI or ground fault receptacle?
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Garage Electrical Wiring for Outlets and Lighting
Application: Electrical Circuit Wiring in a Residential Garage.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of GFI outlets that will be installed.
Precaution: Identify the circuit at the electric panel, turn them OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the outlet wiring.
Materials: Materials used for electrical circuit wiring should be of the same amperage and voltage rating as the existing electrical circuit.
Notice: Installing additional Electrical Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical Codes with a permit and be inspected.
Installing Electrical Wiring for Garage Outlets and Lighting Circuits
- There is no limit to the number of receptacle outlets or lights, however you must calculate your proposed circuit loads for the connected devices, such as lights etc. to see if the size of the circuit will be large enough.
- GFCI protected outlets are required in the garage.
- The main garage lighting should not be on a GFCI for safety sake as you never want to be in a dark garage if a GFI trips off, however if the lighting fixture is accessible while standing on the grounded floor of the garage then the light fixture should be GFCI protected.
NEC 210.8 GFCI Protection for Garages and Accessory Buildings
- GFCI protection is required for all 15A and 20A, 125V receptacles in garages and in grade-level portions of unfinished or finished accessory buildings used for storage or work areas of a dwelling unit.
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