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The only determining factor is the size of the circuit breaker that you will be using. If the garage circuit will be protected with a 15 Amp breaker, you may use a 14 AWG wire. If the circuit will be protected with a 20 amp breaker, you must use a 12 AWG wire.

Note too that garage outlets should be protected with a GFCI breaker or outlet.

If you have any concerns regarding your ability to adequately design and install the garage outlets, please, for your own safety, contact a local electrician.

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Q: Should you use 14-2 or 12-2 for garage outlets and lights in Richfield mn?
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What if lights do not work but outlets work?

You probably blew the breaker for the lights. While usually the lights and outlets in a room are on the same breaker, it isn't always done that way. And you may have blown the light bulbs in the lights.

What are the electrical codes covering - wiring a new garage?

Depends on what you are asking about. I can tell you that all garage outlets must be protected by a GFCI circuit. You can install as many or as little as you want as long as there is at least 1 outlet on each wall. Any freezer or refrigerator must be on a dedicated circuit. There must be a light switch by the doorway mounted 48" to the top of the switch box. If you have 2 entrances into the garage then install a 3 way light switch so the lights can be turned on/off at both locations. Outlets cannot me mounted higher than 48" above the floor. I would install the outlets on 1 circuit and the lights on another circuit unless you only have a couple of lights. Use AWG #12 wire for the garage protected by a 20 amp breaker. If the garage is detached from the house then you need a disconnect in the garage. Any 240 volt outlet must be on a dedicated circuit protected by the proper breaker and correct size wire needed for the device.

How many plugs can you run on a 30a breaker?

You should not run outlets in a home on a 30 amp breaker unless the wiring is 10/2 wiring which is not likely. A home uses either 12/2 wire which requires a 20 amp breaker or 14/2 which requires a 15 amp breaker. If this is in a garage with 10/2 wire and a 30 amp breaker you can easily install a combination of 15 outlets and lights. Really it is the load that counts and not the number of outlets or lights. Add up the load and you will know how many you can install.

Where is the safest place to park your car at night?

In your garage, with the garage door closed and locked and the lights should be off, also close the two garages. If you don't have a garage then just leave it in the road in your neighborhood.

Why 2 bulb fluorescent fixture garage suddenly quit. Both bulbs on I came out garage 30 minutes later lights not working. Checked breaker-outlets-working. Replaced bulbs and fixture still not working?

More than likely the ballast in the fixture has failed.

You are about to tackle adding wiring to your detached garage Can you safely have 4 outlets 2 interior and 3 exterior lights on one 120v 20A circuit?

While 7 is pushing the upper limits, the main concern should be "what will the outlets be running? If you're putting a freezer out there, it should probably be on a separate circuit. If you'll be running any high amperage equipment; again, put it on a separate circuit.

Do I need a GFCI for lights in the garage?

no. as long as the lights or switches for those lights are not out in the wheather and cann't get wet.

Have 120 volts going to outlets and lights but yet the plugs and lights don't work?

Check with a reliable voltmeter on the wire into outlets. If no power then it's disconnected in a junction box somewhere.

If a 1950 era house has 10 gauge wiring for lights and outlets can you safely extend wiring with 12-2 for additional lights and outlets?

You can provided the protecting breaker for the circuit is 20 Amps or less.

Do you put gfi outlets and bathroom lights on the same breaker?


Where can one purchase garage lights?

Garage lights can be found in most DIY stores, such as B&Q, Homebase or Wickes. If one prefers to not travel far to go to the nearest store, garage lights can be found easily online from a number of websites that offer a wide range of styles and prices.

What is the beat illumination method for a two car garage?

There are many good ways to illuminate a two car garage. One good way is to purchase fluorescent lights. Fluorescent lights are inexpensive and a good way to light up the garage.

Can you use 12 gauge wire for regular residential applications such as outlets and lights?

yes use 12 gauge for 20 amp or 15 amp outlets if you want to save money you should use 14 gauge for lights but never put 14 gauge wire in a 20 amp circuit.

Can the power to your whirlpool be on the same 20 amp circuit as the bathroom lights and outlets?

No, the whirlpool has a motor load connected to it and should be connected to a dedicated ground fault breaker.

What circiuts are found in your home and school series or parallel?

You're home/school outlets and lights are in parallel with each other. The fuses or breakers in your home / school are in series with these lights and outlets. Extentions cords / battery backups are in series with whatever is plugged into them.

If your tail lights stays on when the car is on or off you have no brake lights and you have to remove the fuse to turn it off what should you do?

You are getting a feedback voltage from somewhere. Take it to a garage that has a good electrical mechanic as this purbably will be a hard one to find.

Can you put 4 - 32 watt 48 inch fluorescent lights and 8 outlets on 1 - 20 amp breaker?

Yes, 4 - 32 watt 48 inch fluorescent lights and 8 outlets can be put on 1 - 20 amp breaker.

Can you check your headlights tai lights brake lights and turn signal lights by watching their reflection on a wall or on a garage door?


How do you repair the indicator lights on a Mercedes sprinter van?

the easiest way is just to go to a garage, because if you fiddle with the wires and muck up the lights then you will have to pay for them aswell as the indicator lights

Your lights and air quit working on your camper but the outlets still work has your inverter gone bad?

Not necessarily you should have a panel feed and a breaker may be tripped. If you have power in the outlet the converter is working.

Can you use 10 3 wire for outlets and lights in a home?

You could but is it a total waste of money and is overkill. Use 12/2 with ground on all 120 volt outlets and light switches.

The exterior garage lights have always been on All garage switches work but none turn these off How do you find the off switch?

Find out what circuit the lights are on by shutting off breakers until the lights go out. Find the wire that connects to that breaker. If there is no wallboard or insulation in the garage , follow the circuit to the light. If there is a switch then it will have to be somewhere in that circuit and before the light fixture. If your situation is different from this, please use the discussion page and explain.

How many wall outlets can you have in a circuit using a A breaker?

Assuming this is not an office of a place where lots of the outlets will be used to power items that draw lots of current on a 15 amp circuit wired with 14/2 wire I would limit it to no more than 10 outlets and lights combined. On a 20 amp circuit wired with 12/2 wire I would limit it to a 14 outlets and lights combined. There is no limit in the code. You just use common sense based on what is going to be used on this circuit.

What to shut off during earth hour?

All the lights and electronic equipment that use wall outlets in your home.

Backup lights on 1995 Chevy lumina not working no power in the wiring what can I do to fix it?

Take it to the garage.