As part of a kitchen remodeling job, I am replacing a single overhead
fluorescent fixture with ~7 recessed cans and then a bunch of undercab
lights (either halogens or small fluor. boxes). Since the existing
fixture is part of a circuit that goes elsewhere in the house, I
calculated that all of those recessed lights would be too much for the
line. So I'm planning on running a new, dedicated 15A or 20A line.
Assuming the loads are within the capacity of the line (which I think
it is), the question is whether there is anything wrong with having
ALL of the lights -- overhead and undercab -- on this single circuit.
It seems OK to me but just checking.
oinstall at least 2 switches one for undercabinet, and one for general
overhead, perhaps one for task lighting at sink.
at night the undercabinet ones are nifty.
its CRITICAL you install at least 2 20 amp GFCI counter outlet groups,
give fridge its own circuit, dishwasher its own circuit better if
disposer is on its own, perhaps shared with gas stove if you use gas.
you will need 6 or 7 seperate breakers will your main panel accomdate
kitchens are power hungry areas with many appliances
It's fine by code -- the only thing is convenience. If you were to trip
a breaker on this lighting circuit at night is there sufficient light in
the area to cope well enough without a second lighting circuit? Same
reason it's best to not have all lights in any area on a single circuit.
I'd definitely put the under-counter lights on a seperate switch.
There could be times you want them on seperately from the ceiling
lights or vis-versa. And it's the more customary way to do it.
I went through same thing with my family room remodel. I was thinking
of having the lights above the fireplace tied to the recessed general
lighting. Glad now that I didn't. I don't put the lights above the
fireplace on that much and it would just be a waste of energy most of
Folks...thanks for the tips and feedback. In my case, the chandelier
in the connected dining room in one direction and hall lights in the
other would give plenty of light during a circuit trip. They are on a
Usually there is a light in the range hood as well, if it comes to that.
What hasn't been mentioned yet is there is a maximum number of drops
permitted on a circuit. I believe it is 12 but I'll be quickly corrected if
I'm wrong. So provided that your ~7 cans and bunch of cabinet lights = 12 or
less, you're fine with the one line.
Sorry, I don't see that in the code. 210.11 (A) talks about the
MINUMUM number of circuits based on load, but I don't see a MAXIMUM
number off of a breaker mentioned anywhere. Am I missing something??
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