How Many Outlets Should I Have in Each Room?

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Published: 25th June 2008
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How many outlets you should have in a room is determined by your housing electrical code. Not all housing codes are the same for all states. Generally, you need to have an outlet every six feet. This is common in living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms. In the kitchen and bathroom, some people require a few more electrical outlets to run all the appliances. Keep in mind that the outlets that are for living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms are placed about eighteen inches off the floor. In the kitchen and bathrooms, the outlets are placed under cabinets and behind stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators and compactors.

When deciding how many outlets you need, you must consider what you will be running in one given room. If you have a window air conditioner, you will want a separate outlet for this appliance. If you have a computer set up with a printer, computer, monitor, router and modem, you will need enough outlets to distribute power. You do not want to overload the outlet with all these things plugged in with a surge protector. Having enough outlets in a room for all the things that you need power for is going to determine how many you actually need.

If you have a living room set up away from a wall outlet. A floor outlet might be needed under tables so you can have table lamps without running extension cords to the walls further away. Before deciding on how many electrical outlets to install, check the housing codes, determine your needs, and talk with a licensed and experienced electrician to see what they recommend you can safely install in your home with your electrical panel in mind. If you have too many outlet needs and not enough open circuits, you may need a bigger panel to add additional electrical outlets.

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