Can I wire 2 ceiling fans and 5 ceiling spot lights and 3 closet ligthts on a singe circuit with 12 ga wire and a 15 amp breaker?Or should I wire the 2 ceiling fans on a separate circuit?
There should be no problem putting it all on a single 15 ampere circuit. Likely in the worst case scenario, each fixture would consume ~100 watts. That would be using large 52″ fans, and 100 watt bulbs in each fixture. With the 10 fixtures, that would be 1000 watts (10 * 100 = 1000). A 15 ampere 120 volt circuit can provide 1800 watts of power (15A * 120V).
More realistically, you”re going to be using lower wattage fixtures, especially nowadays with CFL and LED bulbs becoming more common. Here”s some calculations based on various wattage devices.
100 watts = 1600 watts.
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Since it”s a 15 ampere circuit, you”ll only need 14 AWG conductors. Unless there”s a specific reason you”re using 12 AWG instead, which is also fine.
You are FINE with this. What you are proposing is a good way less than a 20A circuit could handle in this type of setting.
Personally I”d go with #14 on a 15A breaker for loads like this.
Maximum number of devices on a breaker is 12. So you pass the first rule with only having 10 items. Also number 12GA for a 15 amp breaker works as well. If your ceiling fans are not some crazy ones. It”s fine on one circuit. I have never checked how many amps they draw cause its never very much, and i have never heard of it being a problem.Each 60W light is .5Amps so you have quite a bit of room if your bulbs are that wattage or less! Remember you can load your 15A breaker up to 12 amps before you run into code problems.
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