Understanding Cable Size for Home Wiring
By Dave Rongey - Summary:|
Can I use 14 gauge wire instead of 12 gauge for outlets and switches?
What Size Cable for Home Electrical Wiring
This electrical question came from: Mike, a Handyman from Quebec City Canada, Canada.
Thanks for your electrical question Mike.
Home Electrical Wire and Cable
Mike, the wire or cable size that can be installed will depend on the room or application for the intended circuit. It is common to use #14 for outlet wring in some locations, such as bedrooms, however it is not permitted for kitchen small appliance circuits. As for lighting circuits, #14 Romex or cable can be used as well, however it will actually depend on the the actual amperage load that will be place on the circuit. Keep in mind that you cannot mix the two different sizes of cable within the same circuit.
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