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Can you use number 12 wire to run lights?


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2015-07-15 18:46:17
2015-07-15 18:46:17

Yes, lighting and wall receptacles use 12/2 wiring. Put no more than 10 lights, or outlets, or a combination of both on one circuit. Outlets for the refrigerator, microwave, washing machine, whirlpool bath, dishwasher, and garbage disposal, should each be on a dedicated circuit all their own. Kitchens require two dedicated circuits for wall receptacles. Check you local area for any variations of these codes.


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