Hello. I'm running a new circuit and am questioning what romex to run. As my dad is saying 10/2 is overkill.
It will be 50ft from ciruit breaker panel to junction box, and then split into 2 each running lights in 2 rooms, 1st room a light that uses 4)40w halogen bulbs (later updated to l.e.d.'s if I can find short enough ones) and a recessed light 5w l.e.d., 2nd room will be a light that will use 2-3 bulbs cfl's or leds, cfl's at first. listed as "50w" and 2)3w recessed led . Dads saying 12/2 is more than enough. Most likely the main lights will never be on "full" going to use a dimmer, but I know I have to figure it as being used at full on.
Thanks for your time..
10/2 is overkill for a 120 VAC lighting circuit. A residential lighting circuit is typically 15 amp and run with 14/2. Receptacle circuits can be 15 amp or 20 amp depending on their location. A 20 amp circuit uses 12/2 wire.
Given your level of knowledge from this and your other question I think you should really consider getting an electrician in to do this work.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Thanks, I will be having an electrician doing the hook up, it's a friend of the family, he just asks that the wire already be run and fished through walls, ect
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