Do Bathroom Switches Have To Be Gfci Protected?

Answer:

The NEC requires that all outlet receptacles in a bathroom be GFCI protected. … Switches must be grounded: Older wall switches often omitted the green grounding screw, but the NEC now requires that wall switches in all locations, including bathrooms, be connected to the system grounding wires.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Do switches need to be GFCI protected?

As Paul points out, there are no requirements in the National Electrical Code (NEC) for Ground Fault Circuit Interruption (GFCI) protection on switches. If you understand the purpose of GFCI devices, and think about the differences between switches and other electrical devices you'll see why.

Can bathroom lights and GFCI on same circuit?

Basic answer to your question of can a mixture of lights and receptacles be installed on a single circuit is yes. ... Bathroom Circuits A basic wiring plan for a bathroom includes a 20-amp, GFCI-protected circuit for the receptacles and a 15-amp general lighting circuit for the switches, light fixtures, and vent fan.

How many outlets can one GFCI protect?

There's no limit. A standard GFCI will protect up to 20 amps, drawn from any combination of receptacles, either the built-in one or any number of additional ones connected to its load terminals.

What's the difference between GFI and GFCI?

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) and ground fault interrupters (GFI) are the exact same device under slightly different names. Though GFCI is more commonly used than GFI, the terms are interchangeable.

Why was the NEC code change for GFCI protection?

The reason for the NEC 2020 code change for GFCI protection to include 125V through 250V receptacles (outlets) is because there have been a handful of fatal incidents reported where children were electrocuted by dryer machines and other big appliances in the specified locations utilizing 250V receptacles.

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