Q: Should outlets in a diningroom be 15 amp or 20 amp?

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It is an outlet that uses 15 amps :D

Install not more that 10 on a 15 amp circuit. You can install 12 if you install a 20 amp circuit.

Yes, you can use lower amperage outlets - the problem would come if you were trying to run a 20 amp appliance on a 15 amp circuit or plug a 20 amp appliance into a 15 amp outlet. It would be better, though, as some kitchen appliances could exceed 15 amps (toaster ovens, some coffee makers, electric griddles, etc.) could try to draw more than the 15 amps your outlets are designed for. Perhaps you could get some 20 amp outlets and use those 15's in a hallway or something less likely to have high amperage draw.

Depends on if it is a 15 amp or 20 amp circuit. You can install no more than 12 outlets on a 20 amp circuit or 9 outlets on a 15 amp circuit. You can install no more than 1920 watts on a 20 amp lighting circuit or 1440 watts on a 15 amp lighting circuit. If it is a 20 amp circuit I would not install any more than 8 outlets and 4 lights. If it is a 15 amp circuit I would not install any more than 6 outlets and 3 lights. This only applies to living spaces like bedrooms, living rooms dining rooms, and not to kitchens, baths, utility rooms, garages, etc.

For a home, to calculate the amount of receptacle outlets on a 15 amp circuit, each receptacle outlet should be calculated as not drawing more than one amp each.

Use a 15 amp breaker and 14 AWG wire and all switches and outlets rated at 15 amps or greater.

Depends on the size wire used in the circuit. If you wired the circuit with AWG #12 wire on a 20 amp breaker then you can install no more than 12 outlets. If you wired it with AWG #14 wire on a 15 amp breaker then install no more than 9 outlets. This is assuming only outlets are on the circuit and nothing else.

Yes, but only one per 20 amp outlet.

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7 on a 15 amp circuit and 9 on a 20 amp circuit.

Yes. You can always use a larger gauge wire, just not smaller.

Technically, they can be on a 15 amp breaker when you use 15 amp outlets. There is a difference. Be sure to check your local code (just call the city building department and tell them you have a code question). some cities require the bedroom outlets to be on an arc-fault breaker.

yes use 12 gauge for 20 amp or 15 amp outlets if you want to save money you should use 14 gauge for lights but never put 14 gauge wire in a 20 amp circuit.

You should not run outlets in a home on a 30 amp breaker unless the wiring is 10/2 wiring which is not likely. A home uses either 12/2 wire which requires a 20 amp breaker or 14/2 which requires a 15 amp breaker. If this is in a garage with 10/2 wire and a 30 amp breaker you can easily install a combination of 15 outlets and lights. Really it is the load that counts and not the number of outlets or lights. Add up the load and you will know how many you can install.

15 amps x120 volts =1800 watts. NEC requires you not exceed 60% of the load. Therefore 1800 x .60 =1080. 1080 watts divided by 120 volts = 9. You can safely install 9 outlets on each 15 amp circuit but no more. This is assuming only those 9 outlets will be on the circuit and no lights.

There isn't a formula, but the general rule is that you allow for 1 amp per outlet and you load the circuit to 80% of maximum. For a 15 Amp circuit you can have a maximum of 12 outlets.

Your outlets should be rated 20 A for a circuit protected by a 20 A breaker. The plug should be greater than or equal to the current rating of the device it is powering and less than or equal to the rating of the circuit.

Yes you may, you can even install them on a 20 amp circuit as long as they are the duplex type.

You can run 12 AWG wire for both 15 and 20 Amp circuits. Suggest if you do this that you use 20 amp outlets and switches so you could easily upgrade 15 A to 20 A breaker if you need to in the future.

As many as you want. It is the power consumed by the thing(s) plugged in that is of concern.

9 NEC says 11 but i recommend nine.

yes if it is on a 15 amp circuit to keep it simple12-2 for 20 amp circuits

The outlet is connected to and protected by a breaker or fuse in a main electric panel. The outlet should be sized to the protection. Usually utility outlets in a residence are either 15 A or 20 A. If there are multiple outlets on a circuit then the total current cannot exceed the protection value of the breaker or fuse.

If there is nothing else on the circuit then you could easily install 15. If there are outlets on the same circuit then try and keep the total of outlets and lights to a maximum of 15. But in reality the number of devices depends on how many amps each device pulls. Add up the amperage of the recessed lights you are going to install and then add any outlets and what may be plugged into them to get the number you can install. A 100 watt light bulb will draw about 1 amp. So you can easily have 15 on a 20 amp circuit.

eight In Canada there shall be not more that 12 outlets on any 2 wire branch circuit. Such outlets shall be considered to be rated at not more that 1 amp per outlet. Where the connected load is known, the number of outlets may exceed 12 providing the load current does not exceed 80 % of the rating of the over current device protecting the circuit.

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