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Rewiring for Bedroom and Living Outlet Circuits


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Circuit Planning for Bedroom and Living Room Outlet Circuits: How to Rewire Home Electrical Circuits, Circuits for Receptacles and Lighting, General Purpose Circuits and Why They Are Important, AFCI Outlet Circuit, Local Code Requirements.


Wiring Outlet Circuits for Rooms

Electrical Question: I am working on a project where I am rewiring my house.

  • I need to know how to rewire my home electrical circuits.
  • What is the maximum number of wall outlets I can have on a 15 amp bedroom, living room or family room circuit?

This electrical wiring question came from: Brian, a Homeowner from San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Brian.
Brian, it really depends on the devices that will be used on the circuits to make allowance for any unusual loads, as I will explain below.

How to Rewire Home Electrical Circuits

Preparations

  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
  • Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, electric drill,  auger bits and extension cord.
  • Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring.
  • Precaution: Identify the panel circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
  • Notice: Installing additional circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Circuit Planning for Bedroom and Living Room Outlet Circuits

  1. Circuits for Receptacles and Lighting
    Keep in mind that when planning the electrical service for the home, the national electrical code requires us to allow 3 watts per square foot for general purpose receptacles and lighting.
  2. General Purpose Circuits and Why They Are Important
    The rule of thumb for general purpose circuits is 10 devices on one circuit. But again, this does not take into consideration items such as High-Definition TV’s, high watt home entertainment systems, etc., which may require more power.
  3. AFCI Outlet Circuit
    The bedroom outlet circuits are required to be on an AFCI circuit breaker and dedicated circuits.
  4. Local Code Requirements
    Be sure to check with your local building department for specific local requirements when you obtain your permit for this project.

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