Christmas Light Circuit Breaker

msmith419November 26, 2006


Two years ago, we put in an entire seperate breaker just to run christmas lights. (Yeah, I know crazy). We ran #12/2 wire to the box outside and had a 15 amp breaker in our breaker box. What I want to know is if it is safe to replace the 15 amp breaker with a 20 amp breaker since I have already tripped the 15 amp breaker several times. Can the #12/2 gauge wire handle a 20 amp draw, or is that a fire hazard? Thanks.


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Mr. Griswold:

A 20 amp C/B is appropriate for 12 AWG wire. If the 20A C/B should then trip, the circuit's overloaded.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2006 at 10:45AM
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