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Electrical Wiring Diagram for the Kitchen

By Dave Rongey
©2008 Dave Rongey
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Summary: This article will explain the electrical wiring diagram for the kitchen. Learn about the electrical codes required when wiring your kitchen with your new or remodel project.
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Kitchens are one of the most popular gathering places of the whole house. Whether you enjoy practical cooking functionality or friendly entertainment, improvements within the kitchen electrical systems will add greatly to this all important gathering area. Your kitchen electrical wiring diagrams should reflect the following to bring your home to an enhanced level of code requirements which help you enjoy lower energy bills when you implement energy efficiency into your kitchen electrical design.
 

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Basic Kitchen Electrical Wiring Practices

Code requirements and energy efficient specifications now incorporate an energy saving design along with safety features that help to protect you and your family while enjoying your newly completed kitchen project.

Code Requirements and Energy Efficient Specifications

Kitchen Wiring Diagram Lights One half of the lighting wattage must be High Efficiency (fluorescent or equivalent) and switched separately from other lights.
wirig diagram kitchen gfci Kitchen countertops, including islands wider than 12 inches, and any usable spaces wider than 2 feet, shall be provided with an outlet at 48" on center.
Kitchen 20 Amp Appliance Circuits Provide a minimum of 2 - 20 amp circuits to kitchen appliances.
Kitchen Counter Appliance Circuit Provide 2 small-appliance branch circuits for the kitchen limited to supplying wall and counter space outlets only.
wiring diagram kitchen plugs A GFCI is required for all 120 volt receptacles installed for the electrical wiring at kitchen countertops and within 6-feet of sinks.
Wiring Diagram Range Receptacle Provide a 4-wire receptacle for electric ranges.


Project Options to Spice Up Your Kitchen Electrical Components:



Flush Lights

Recessed Lighting

Pendant Fixture


Pendant Lighting



Ceiling Fan


Ceiling Fans

Cook Top

Drop-In Oven


Microwave Oven

Microwave Oven

Free Standing Range Stove

Freestanding Stove

Garbage Disposal

Garbage Disposal

Dishwasher

Dishwasher

Trash Compactor
Trash Compactor

Ground Fault Receptacle

GFCI Receptacles

Dimmer Switch

Light Dimmer

Telephone Jack
Telephone Jack

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Of all the areas of your home, the devices connected to the electrical wiring of the kitchen electrical systems are among the highest energy consumers. With functionality being the key factor with items such as the oven range and cook top, newer designs are becoming more energy efficient.

Energy Guide Label

Consumer Energy Guide Labels found on major appliances will show the estimated annual cost to operate the appliance based upon the energy source provided. This will help you decide which appliance is right for you and your electrical wiring plans for kitchen electrical devices.


Lighting

      • Recessed flush can lighting will improve your light quality and give a new look.
      • Pendant lights come in a variety of styles with one that will compliment your kitchen electrical arrangement.
      • Ceiling fans of all varieties are a charming touch while keeping the area ventilated as well.

Ovens - Ever Changing Styles and Enhancements

      • Drop-in Cabinet Style
      • Microwave
      • Freestanding Oven Unit

Functionality

      • Garbage Disposal
      • Dishwasher
      • Trash Compactor

Safety and Practicality

      • GFCI: Every kitchen electrical design should include the safety features provided with Ground Fault Receptacles, which is now a NEC Code Requirement.
      • Lighting Dimmer Controls
      • Telephone Jack

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