Remodeling basement due to minor flood last year and just got all the
insulation and wall framing up and adding some wiring while everything is
open. I want to add an outlet near the new stairs I just built which will
be carpeted - soon. Wife wants an outlet nearby for the vacuum. Only
circuit that is handy is a lighting circuit for the basement lights (14ga
wire, 15A circuit).
I've traced it out and it goes around the basement to 3 light fixtures then
terminates going up through the 1st floor into a living room outlet where we
have a lamp plugged in. I was under the impression (obviously wrong) - that
wiring for lighting circuits were supposed to be on their own circuits and
have no outlets. Rationale being that if the circuit breaker trips while
using say a vacuum cleaner, you still have lights.
At any rate, anyone know if the NEC has anything against this for
residential? I was planning on making it a GFI outlet since all other
basement outlets are on a GFI breaker. That line is not near where I want
to place the outlet...
Figured that if the contractor that built the house 30+ years ago must have
had an electrical inspection and that the wiring scheme met code - then.
I'll give our local code office a buzz in the am to see if they have any
qualms about it but they have given me bad/wrong advice in the past - so
they're hard to believe.
Thanks for your time,