How to Wire Outlets and Lights for a Room
Can lights and wall outlets be on the same circuit? Planning the Electrical Wiring When Adding a Room, Electrical Wiring for a Bedroom Light and Outlets.
Electrical Wiring for a Bedroom Light and Outlets
Electrical Question: Can lights and wall outlets be on the same circuit?
I’m adding an extra bedroom to my house.
- I was wondering if you can wire 4 outlets and the lights together to one circuit?
- Should I use a 15amp breaker or 20amp circuit breaker?
This home electrical wiring question came from: Josh, from Harrisburg, Arkansas.
Thanks for your Electrical wiring question Josh.
Planning the Electrical Wiring When Adding a Room
Application: Electrical Wiring for a Room Addition.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits, Extension Cords, and a Ladder as needed.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the project, the type of wall coverings and structural construction and available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing wiring in the immediate area that may interfere with the installation should be identified and turned OFF and Tagged.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring or upgrading existing electrical circuits and wiring should always be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Requirements for Wiring Outlets and Lighting
- Wiring Lights and Outlets
It is typical that the room outlets and lights are wired together on one circuit.
- Bedroom AFCI Circuit
For bedrooms this circuit must be AFCI protected which requires special planning. The circuit may be 120 volts 15 amps or 120 volts 20 amps.
- Bedroom Outlets
For smaller bedrooms with general purpose a 15 amp circuit provides an adequate amount of power.
- Smoke Detector
Keep in mind that the NEC requires that bedrooms are protected by interconnected smoke detectors, and there are several other NEC Electrical Code requirements as well.
- Permit and Inspection
When wiring a room addition a building permit is required in most areas followed by inspections.
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