Home » Electrical Wiring Directory » 210.8 GFCI Protection for Garages, Electrical, National Electrical Code » 2 Comments

Electrical Code for Garage GFI Outlets and Receptacles


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

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?

Background: Timothy, a Handyman from Chiefland ,Florida.

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

Garage Electrical Wiring for Outlets and Lighting

Application: Electrical Circuit Wiring.
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.

How to 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. GFI protected outlets are required in the garage.
  • The main garage lighting should not be on a GFI 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.

More about Garage Electrical Wiring for Outlets and Lighting

How to Install Garage Electrical Wiring
garage-electrical-wiring

Garage Electrical Wiring

Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Garage Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects.

Home Electrical Wiring Codes
electrical-wiring

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 Electrical Circuits
home-electrical-circuits

Electric Circuit Listing

The size of the home electrical service panel is designed by calculating the square footage of the home and factoring in the code requirements for the electrical circuits that are required.




Learn How to Wire it Right with my
Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring
Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
Handyman, Handywomen, and Electricians
Includes:
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
Troubleshooting 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  


Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all projects.
« Four Wire Oven to a Three Wire Circuit Before You Buy a Generator You Should Read This »

FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

2 Responses to “Electrical Code for Garage GFI Outlets and Receptacles”
  1. Stephen says:

    Are GFCI outlets required for all outlets in the garage (Florida) ? I’ve been given variable answers depending on if it’s for a freezer or if it’s on the ceiling then no, etc..but want to know for sure to be safe? Thank you!

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Stephen,
      Accessible general purpose outlets in the garage should be protected with GFCI. Exceptions are for single outlets (not duplex) that are for specific equipment such as a whole house vacuum system and ceiling mounted garage door opener. Refrigerator and freezers located in the garage have a history of causing GFCI outlets to trip off, therefore the outlet for these devices are not required to be GFCI protected as long as the outlet is not readily accessible, or if it is a single outlet.
      One additional thought here is that the garage circuit wiring should be configured so that a tripped GFCI circuit breaker or outlet does not leave a person in the dark.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave


2 Comments

Thanks for your Comments and Quick Questions!

Please make sure your question is about the topic on this page, which is:
Electrical Code for Garage GFI Outlets and Receptacles


Comments or questions posted here are open for Quality Discussion and Participation - Spam will be deleted.



*