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Can you use 15A plug receptacles on a 20A circuit?

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No. You need 20 amp receptacles. ( if a single receptacle on an individual brach circuit NEC 210.21 (B)(1) )

Yes you can use a 15 amp receptacles on a 20 amp breaker in the states but not in Canada. ( branch circuit supplying two or more receptacle NEC 210.21(B)(3) )

15 amp receptacle on a 20 amp circuit is not code, partly because 20 amp circuits use #10 ga wire, which does not fit unto a 15 amp receptacle,(can be forced but lots of work.) Also a 15 amp receptacle will not take the 18 amps continuios that a 20 amp recep. will. ( It is code, see above. 14 awg = 15 amp, 12 awg = 20 amp, 10 awg = 30 amp )

20 amp wire is 12 gauge not 10

Yes you can use 15A outlets and swithes on 20 amp breakers they are UL listed for 20 amp even if they are stamped for 15A as long as the wire is 12ga to. ( NEC Table 210.21 (B)(3) )

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