San Bernardino Ca. area. 20 amp circuit #12 wire, Can I use this circuit for Lighting? On this circuit 5 20 amp outlets and 6 LED fixtures 50 watts each. One outlet will be used for a refrigerator.

  • Where in the house are these outlets located? Also, do you already have your two 20A kitchen small appliance branch circuits covered? Feb 2, 2016 at 15:40

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Yes, you can. Although I'd watch what you use with these receptacles as you could easily trip the breaker with the refrigerator on there too.

Also, I doubt those LED lights are 50W. They're probably much lower unless each fixture is like a chandelier with multiple bulbs.


If this is one of your 2 20A small appliance circuits the lighting should not be on it NEC handbook exhibit 210.28. I think it is always a bad idea to have a refrigerator on a small appliance circuit but it is allowed by code. If this is in addition to the 2 small appliance branch circuits for the kitchen countertop area it is legal.

  • This is a dedicated 20 amp circuit in garage for 1 refrigerator and 5 LED light fixtures @ 60 watts each. including 5 outlets.
    – user48459
    Feb 2, 2016 at 17:27
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    You will need GFCI protection in the garage per NEC 210.8(2) all outlets now require GFCI including the Refrigerator.
    – Ed Beal
    Feb 2, 2016 at 19:57
  • Is it ok to have one GFCI to protect circuit (outlets) or GFCI at each outlet? Lighting need GFCI?
    – user48459
    Feb 2, 2016 at 20:07
  • Just the outlets need the GFCI one at the first outlet can protect the string the lights dont require GFCI unless they have a outlet in the fixture.
    – Ed Beal
    Feb 2, 2016 at 20:09

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