The NEC requires that all outlet receptacles in a bathroom be GFCI protected. Outlet circuit must be 20 amps: The outlets in a bathroom should be served by a 20-amp circuit, separate from the lighting circuit, to provide power items such as curling irons, razors, and hairdryers.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does 20a mean on outlet?
20-amp receptacles have a horizontal slot branching off one of the vertical slots. Appliances, such as microwaves, often have 20-amp plugs and must be plugged into a 20-amp outlet. Electrical plugs designated as 20-amp will not fit into 15-amp outlets.
What kind of outlet is a 20A receptacle?
The 20A receptacle outlet has the special neutral configuration, like a cross. This identifies it as a 20A outlet. Per the National Electrical Code, you may use a 20A receptacle outlet on only a DEDICATED 20A circuit.
Do most recommend a 20A GFCI outlet in a bathroom?
Do most recommend a 20A GFCI outlet in a bathroom as a result of the potential wattage used by hair dryers and other small electrical appliances that use a great deal of watts? 20 amp circuit (#12 wire), yes. 20 amp receptacle (the thing you plug the hair dryer into), no. How do you wire a GFCI in a bathroom?
Is the bathroom branch circuit required in the 2020 NEC?
In the 2020 NEC, feeding receptacles located elsewhere in the bathroom with the branch circuit required in Section 210.11 (C) (3), is no longer permitted. One 20-amp branch circuit is required for bathrooms in dwelling units.