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    Default lighting in new family room

    Hello,My wife and I put on an enclosed porch this past fall.Then we came up with the ideas of making it into a small faily room.We have two circuits we would like to have in the new room.We have installed six outlets using 12/2 wire with 20 amp breakers.Also would like to have a ceiling fan,ceiling light and two outside lights for deck.My question is can i feed the second circuit with one feed wire coming from panel box or should it be broken up to make three circuits.Thanks Twistedmoon

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    Default Re: lighting in new family room

    Are you going to use another 20amp circuit?

    If you are you can load it to 80% or 16amps.

    16amps x 120volts = 1920watts of lighting load.

    That's a lot of light!!!

    One circuit should have you covered unless your fan is so huge you can dust the room with it and your back lights are going to be lighting a baseball field.

    I'd probably take a circuit from the panel to your switch location and go from there to the light/fan locations.

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    Default Re: lighting in new family room

    What you are telling me that i only need one circuit for the whole room?

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    Default Re: lighting in new family room

    Nope, not saying that.

    The NEC does not really limit how many receptacles can go on that type of residential circuit but they do limit them to 180va (watts) in commecial applications. I like to use that as a rule of thumb for residential as well.

    1920 / 180 = 10 receptacles max.

    I'd roll with separate circuits.

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    Default Re: lighting in new family room

    ok, thanks for you help.

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    Default Re: lighting in new family room

    I don't know how you want to switch your fan and or fan light combo. Maybe you want a speed control for your fan in it's own switch box and regular toggle swiches ganged together for your lighting.

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