I have a great workshop (20 x 25 ft, 2 level) that was built with no power (previous owner). I'm installing a subpanel in the shop (90A) and need to install receptacles, lights, etc. as well. I've never organized a shop before so I'm unsure how to do it (looking for advice). Here is what I planned:
Install a 20A receptacle every 5 ft down the north, east, and west walls (south-facing wall has garage doors) and two rows of lights on the ceiling. The lights will be on their own 15A breaker and each wall will have its own 20A breaker. The first receptacle on each wall will be GFCI.
Here's my question: what is the best way to route wire to the receptacles and lights? Is it better (right/wrong) to drill through the studs to run the wire directly across the wall, or to run the wire along the top plate and drop wire down to each receptacle? Since I will not finish the walls I do not know if there is a code issue for either method, or if conduit needs used. If this is just a matter of preference (i.e. not code related) then I am still interested in hearing people's opinions.