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Will it pass code if I put the Porch and Foyer (both receptacles and lights) on the same circuit?

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  • It depends where you live. Code varies by region, – Trevor_G Mar 7 '17 at 16:03
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    Regardless of code, I'm a fan of keeping lights and receptacles separated (both inside and out). For one, it avoids losing lights if you are working on a circuit or blow a breaker. For two, it avoids the voltage drop that causes lights to dim when you turn on a high-current device, such as a power tool, hair dryer, etc. It doesn't really add to the amont of wiring used because you can put more lights on a single circuit, and all outdoor receptacles on one if you want as well (and you'd only need a single GFCI for that). – gregmac Mar 7 '17 at 16:35
  • Oh, while you're at it, now's a good time to put a receptacle up in the soffit, and perhaps another down to the right of the front entrance, so you can run christmas/holiday lights without extension cords running everywhere (if you do that or think a future owner would find it beneficial). You can put a switch (or better, electronic timer switch) inside to control them as well. – gregmac Mar 7 '17 at 16:38
  • Unless there are local restrictions most entry areas are run on the same circuit and have been for years. Both inside and outside even if the outside entry is not covered. – Ed Beal Mar 7 '17 at 18:13
  • I hear ya @gregmac, i kept lights and receptacles on separate circuits for all my rooms until i arrived to my Foyer and Porch. I figured, there would be no heavy duty devices running in this area. I could be wrong.(?) But, EdBeal, is that what you meant? To put porch and foyer on same circuit and run lights as well as receptacles on it? – true. lion Mar 7 '17 at 19:37

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