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Q: What size circuit breaker is needed for a 300 watt bulb?

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A 400 watt heater can safely be used on a 15 amp circuit. The size breaker needed for a circuit is determined by the size of the wiring in that circuit. AWG #14 wire requires a 15 amp breaker. AWG # 12 wire requires a 20 amp breaker.

I think you mean either what is the correct size or minimum wire size needed when a branch circuit is protected by a 20 A breaker. The size is 12 American Wire gauge (AWG). 14 AWG is used for 15 A circuit and 10 AWG for a 30 A breaker. The lower the gauge the larger the cross-section of the wire.

AWG #4 copper.

The wire!! The breaker is there to protect the wiring not the device plugged into the circuit.

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#2 copper

A 400 watt heater can safely be used on a 15 amp circuit. The size breaker needed for a circuit is determined by the size of the wiring in that circuit. AWG #14 wire requires a 15 amp breaker. AWG # 12 wire requires a 20 amp breaker.

I think you mean either what is the correct size or minimum wire size needed when a branch circuit is protected by a 20 A breaker. The size is 12 American Wire gauge (AWG). 14 AWG is used for 15 A circuit and 10 AWG for a 30 A breaker. The lower the gauge the larger the cross-section of the wire.

AWG #4 copper.

The wire!! The breaker is there to protect the wiring not the device plugged into the circuit.

The size of wire and breaker sizing are based on the current of the circuit. To answer this question a voltage must be stated or look on the ballast for the amperage and add that to the question.

You use the correct size breaker depending on the size wire in the circuit. If the circuit is wired with AWG #12 wire use a 20 amp breaker. If it is wired with AWG #14 wire then use a 15 amp breaker.

Need to know what the wattage or the amperage is of the appliance. The load amperage is what governs the wire size and the breaker to protect the circuit.

Suggest dedicated 20 A circuit.

To answer this question a voltage value must be given. Circuit breakers protect the conductors that feed the load. The lower the voltage value, the higher the current value, hence a larger the wire size is needed and therefore larger the breaker size for the circuit. In reverse the higher the voltage value, the lower the current value, hence a smaller the wire size can be used therefore smaller the breaker size for the circuit.

The voltage has nothing to do with the gauge of wire needed to supply a given circuit. The size wire is determined by the amperage of the overcurrent protection device (circuit breaker, etc.) being used to supply power to the circuit.

A 30 amp circuit breaker is needed unless the load is a motor circuit, then it has to be sized to 250 percent of the motors full load amps. For 30A circuit is needed breaker 30*1.25=37.5 --> 40A. If load is lamp or heater, then use breaker of group A or B. If load is motor, then use breaker of groupC or D (very hard start) or special safe breaker for motor - with variable amp setpoint. See related link also. By code you are only allowed 80% of the rating of a breaker. So 30x80%=24amps. 24 amps is the MAX allowed on a 30 amp breaker. You would need a 40amp breaker for a 30 amp circuit. 40x80%=32. So you would want a double pole 40amp breaker.

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