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How many recessed lights can you put on a 15 amp circuit?

Last Updated: 2nd February, 2020

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That's more than you'd ever install in mostrooms.Each CFL or LED bulb typically gives the same amount oflight as a60-watt incandescent bulb while drawing 10 watts orless, which isequivalent to a current draw of 1/12 amp.Thus a15-amp circuit can safely control 180 or morefixturesthat use CFL or LED bulbs.

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In this way, how many recessed lights can be on a switch?

Whatever new recessed lighting you add shouldworkwith your existing fixtures. Measure your room to seehowmany fixtures you will need. A common rule of thumb isthat youuse one recessed light for every 4 to 6 square feetofceiling space.

Secondly, how many lights can you put on a 6 amp circuit? A lighting circuit is protected by a 5-or6-amp fuse or circuit breaker.

Beside above, can lights and outlets be on the same circuit?

The outlet receptacles must be served by a20-ampcircuit. The same circuit can supply theentirebathroom (outlets plus lighting), providedthere areno heaters (including vent fans with built-in heaters) andprovidedthe circuit serves only a single bathroom and nootherareas.

Can lights be on a 20 amp circuit?

The National Electrical Code, NEC has nosuchlimitations. Lighting fixtures can be put onany20 amp circuit except those that are required by code nottohave lighting fixtures (washer, kitchen smallapplicance,and dedicated equipment circuits).

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