Have you noticed how much electrical wiring is needed to keep your bathroom running? When your bathroom is under powered, it can create a long list of problems. Not only that, but it can be extremely inconvenient as well. This damp, busy area of your home needs to have a certain amount of lighting, power outlets, fans and circuits to operate as it needs to. Burley Electrical Services is here to talk about what it takes to keep your bathroom running electrical wise.
Bathroom Recessed, Sconce, Pendant & Other Lighting Guide
Much of the time, the bathrooms in your home are located in areas without exterior access. This can mean that they are often the darkest places in the house. You need to have ample lighting in there to create enough illumination in the shower, near the vanity and closets. Another challenge that is found in the bathroom is the amount of water that is sometimes constantly there. Any lighting that is near the shower or bathtub needs to be rated for damp or wet conditions. You will also find that you want a good mixture of recessed lighting and side lighting like sconces around your vanity area will help you get the lighting needed to apply makeup.
Are GFCI Outlets Required in Bathrooms?
It is absolutely necessary that all the outlets in your bathrooms are connected to GFCI protection. Without this, you are putting everyone that uses the bathroom at risk of electric shock which is a real threat anytime water is concerned. If there is only one GFCI outlet in the bathroom that all of the outlets are going to be connected to, it needs to be wired for multiple locations to offer the protection that is needed.
Power to Bathroom Exhaust Fans
Not only do you deal with foul odors in bathrooms, but you also have a great deal of moisture that needs to be able to move out of the area. This is often done with ventilation exhaust fans when there isn’t a window that can be opened. This is also helpful in the winter when you don’t want to fill your home with cold air to remove the moisture and odors from the space. Ventilation fans are required in all new homes as well any remodels.
20 Amp Bathroom Electrical Circuit Code
In most basic bathrooms, they are designed using a 20 amp, GFCI circuit for receptacles and a 15 amp general lighting circuit. Some areas require your receptacles and lighting to be on different circuits so that if the GFCI is tripped, the lights will still work. Other areas are okay with the lighting and receptacles all on a 20 amp circuit as long as that circuit serves only the bathroom.
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If you are getting ready to build or remodel a bathroom, it is important that the electrical wiring is done properly to keep you and those you love safe. You can count on Burley Electrical Services to help you plan out and install all of your bathroom electrical needs. Call us today!