GFCI is not required in bedrooms, but is useful.

Should you put GFCI in bedroom?

The circuit breaker can be reset with the “reset” button. We recommend you have GFCI outlets installed in your kitchen and all the bathrooms and any other location where water is used in the home. These are the areas where electrical shocks are most likely. We also recommend having GFCI outlets in each bedroom.

When should you not use a GFCI outlet?

To avoid nuisance tripping, a GFCI should not supply:

  1. Circuits longer than 100 feet.
  2. Fluorescent or other types of electric-discharge lighting fixtures.
  3. Permanently installed electric motors.

Is a GFCI outlet necessary?

Where GFCIs Are Required. GFCI protection is required for 125-volt to 250-volt receptacles supplied by single-phase branch circuits rated 150 volts or less to the ground. GFCI receptacles are required in bathrooms, garages, crawl spaces, basements, laundry rooms and areas where a water source is present.

What happens if you don’t have GFCI outlet?

Without the GFCI outlet, if something were to happen and an appliance was plugged in and fell into water, the electricity would travel through the water and could cause a deadly shock.

Where are GFCI outlets required?

The NEC mandates GFCI protection in many areas of the home: bathrooms, garages, outdoor receptacles, crawl spaces, basements, kitchens and anything within six feet of a sink or water source. While that may seem like a lot, the entirety of a home is not covered.

Where should GFCI outlets be installed?


  1. Your home’s exterior. Exterior outlets are located on the outside of your home. …
  2. Your bathroom. This doesn’t just apply to outlets by the sink. …
  3. Your garage. …
  4. Key areas in the kitchen. …
  5. Near laundry room sinks. …
  6. Near your water heater. …
  7. One basement outlet. …
  8. The crawl space.

Is it better to use a GFCI outlet or breaker?

GFCI receptacles have much larger bodies than standard receptacles, so in some instances, the physical space within the wall box may affect your choice. With standard-size boxes, there may not be enough room to add a GFCI receptacle safely, making a GFCI circuit breaker the better choice.

Which location is not required to be GFCI protected?

GFCI protection is not required for receptacles that are not readily accessible, such as a ceiling-mounted receptacle for a garage door opener. Nor are they required for a receptacle on a dedicated branch circuit located and identified for a cord-and-plug-connected appliance, such as a refrigerator or freezer.

What is the difference between a GFI and a 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.

When did GFCI become mandatory?

GFCI receptacles were required in houses starting in 1971. Originally they were only required at the exterior of the house and by swimming pool equipment. Over the years, GFCI receptacles have been required in more locations such as garages, bathrooms, kitchens, etc.

Should a refrigerator be plugged into a GFCI outlet?

Residential Kitchen

In a dwelling unit (residential), GFCI protection is only required for kitchen receptacles that serve the countertop surfaces. There’s no requirement to GFCI protect receptacles that serve a refrigerator. Unless the fridge is plugged into a countertop receptacle.

Do bathroom lights need GFCI?

You might not be aware of it, but your bathroom lights could pose a safety hazard in the event that you have an electrical short. This is because GFCI (ground fault circuit interruption) protection is only required for outlets and switches, not light fixtures unless they are above the shower area.

Can you have a light on a GFCI circuit?

Leviton SmartlockPro® Self-Test GFCI devices, introduced in 2015, feature a small LED status indicator light to give you a convenient way to check the level of ground fault protection at-a-glance. GREEN LIGHT indicates the device has passed the self-test and is providing power. RED means the device needs attention.

How many GFCI do I need in my bathroom?

Electricity and water don’t mix

According to the National Electric Code (NEC), it requires a minimum of one GFCI-protected outlet per bathroom. The national recommendation is more than one, like two or three. You get to decide how many outlets you want to protect but have to have a minimum of one in your bathroom.

Can bathroom GFCI and light be on same circuit?

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Quote from Youtube video: Same circuit. So if you do trip one of these gfci receptacles the lights are going to go out so you're not going to have lights in here if you do manage to trip that gfci.

How many outlets should be in a room?

According to US regulations, no single point measured along the floor line of the room walls should be more than 6 ft away from an electrical outlet. This means that a standard, 12 x 14 ft room needs at least 4 to 6 electrical outlets, depending on the wall space.