I am getting two Wexstar 550W infrared heating panels that I will install both on the ceiling. They can just be plugged into a regular outlet. However, per FAQ they can also be hardwired and this is what I want to do with a wall switch to turn them on/off.
I have three circuits closeby where I could wire them into:
- A 15A circuit that is only used for lighting. It connects to the lights of four rooms (a total of 11 light fixtures when I count each recessed light and fixture individually). If I turn every single light on, the load is 268W.
- A 20A circuit that is used for the stove hood and wires to 5 outlets. The stove hood has a total load of 250W (if I turn on everything to max). Note: This is not a kitchen circuit (there are two separate 20A circuits for that). The five outlets are elsewhere (outside of the kitchen).
- A 15A circuit that connects to lighting for 4 rooms and two outlets. The total load when all lights are turned on (and nothing connected on the outlets) is 70W. However, one of the lights is for the basement where I plan to install very bright LED lights, so this may increase. Also, in the one outlet the TV is permanently connected. And the other outlet is next to the dining table where an induction stove or raclette could be connected occacionally.
Both heating panels will be a total load of 1100W. The total load of the first circuit would be ~1400W from an allowance of 15x120=1800W. The total load for the second circuit will be 1350W plus whatever is plugged into the outlets, from an allowance of 20x120=2400W. The total load of the second circuit would be ~1200W but likely ~1400W if I account for the basement lights. And if I were to use the raclette and everything is turned on at the same time, the breaker would trip for sure.
In my opinion I could wire them to all of the three circuits.
Which circuit should I best use and why?
Ideally I would use a dedicated circuit but running a new circuit is really hard and would like to avoid if possible.
PS: Location California, USA.