Although the National Electric Code (NEC) doesnt directly rule on limiting outlet installments on your circuit, it is crucial to learn its power draw restrictions. In general, you should have a maximum of 10 outlets on a 20A circuit.

## How many outlets can I put on a 20amp circuit?

10 receptacles One rule of thumb is to assign a maximum draw of 1.5 amps to each receptacle, which allows for 10 receptacles on a 20-amp circuit.

## Do I have to use 20 amp outlets on a 20 amp circuit?

The amperage of the outlet must never exceed the amperage of the circuit. According to National Electrical Code, only a 15-amp or 20-amp electrical receptacle can be installed to a 20-amp circuit.

## How many 15 amp outlets can I put on a 20 amp circuit?

The use of multiple 15 amp receptacles on a 20 amp circuit is permitted. A duplex receptacle is considered as multiple receptacles and is therefore permissible to use as the single, or one of several, multiple type receptacles on the circuit.

## How many outlets can you put on a 20 amp circuit with a 12 2 wire?

There is no set limit on the number of outlets. 10 outlets on a 20A breaker is not unusual. More outlets does not increase the load on a circuit, what you plug into those does. Thus, you need to plan what you need based on what you plan to plug into those outlets.

## What happens when you put a 20 amp receptacle on a 15 amp circuit?

Electrical plugs designated as 20-amp will not fit into 15-amp outlets. A 15-amp circuit is usually served by 14-gauge wire and is protected by a 15-amp circuit breaker or fuse. A 20-amp circuit, protected by a 20-amp breaker or fuse, must be served by 12-gauge or 10-gauge wire.

## Can I use 12 gauge wire for outlets?

Selecting Wire Gauge for Outlets You can avoid both problems by wiring the outlet circuit with a 12-gauge wire, which is optional if the controlling breaker and all the outlets are rated for 15 amps.

## Should I use 15 amp or 20 amp outlets?

Standard 15-amp receptacles are suitable for typical household appliances, lamps and other accessories. A 20-amp receptacle is for heavy-duty appliances and power tools, such as air compressors. Residential garages occasionally have 20-amp receptacles to accommodate larger power tools.

## Can 12 gauge wire be used with a 15 amp breaker?

Because it has even less chance of overheating, 12-gauge wire is also acceptable on a 15-amp circuit.

## What gauge wire should I use for outlets?

Most household outlet circuits are either 15-amp or 20-amp 120-volt circuits. A circuit controlled by a 15-amp circuit breaker calls for 14-gauge NM cable and a receptacle rated for 15 amps. A circuit powered by a 20-amp circuit breaker calls for 20-amp receptacles, and it is wired with 12-gauge NM cable.