In addition to that, your Edmonton electrician will account for counter receptacles. Now any length of counter space is dictated in the electrical code book for it’s all in metric tube. But if there’s a good rule of thumb is if you see a an area of counter space and if you could fit a microwave on it, you’re going to want to put a plug there.
If there is a sink behind, if there’s a sink there, you can’t put a plug there. Don’t put a plug behind the sink. That’s common sense but it’s also stipulated in the Canadian electrical code. In addition to that, all your counter spaces, the plugs are going to be split.
If it’s a 15 amp circuit, which means it’s two circuits and that’s 15 amp, two pole breaker, not two single pole, 15 amp breakers, but a split 15 amp receptacle. Meaning you’re going to break that hot tab and have a hot feeding each sides. You’re going to have a three conductor, 14 running back to your panel and you’re going to split those receptacles.
That’s a whole lot of 14 gauge wire and it’s a whole lot of split plugs and it’s a whole lot easier if you just run 12 gauge to each plug. So you can have 20 odd perceptive goals run from 12 gauge wire and you can stagger those along your kitchen countertops. That way you can get away with a little bit fewer circuits and it’s also easier in the long run if you need to run your Hamilton beach or your pressure cooker or whatever high draw electrical load you have in your kitchen who toasters to blenders, et cetera.
Also within 1.5 meters of any sink measurable along the wall line, you’re going to want to have ag sci outlet. That means that if you have a split receptacle and you’ve run a three conductor, 14 to a 15 amp GFCI, that just won’t fly cause you can’t break the tab on a 15 amp GFCI, correct me if I’m wrong and feel free to leave a comment in the comment sections below, but there is no tab on no manufacturer that manufacturers 15 amp GFCI outlets for this reason.
It is another good call to just run 12 gauge wire to your kitchen because whenever you are within 1.5 meters of water source and there is no appliance dedicated to cover up that receptacle, you’re going to have a GSI outlet. That GFCI outlet needs to basically be a 20 amp GCI.
So if you’re reusing existing wiring to cut costs, it might just be better to run all 12 gauge depending on your situation. However, sometimes there’s not enough room or the access to the panel is too difficult. So in those cases, maybe reuse those old wires. But if you’re within 1.5 meters of a sink, a water source, et cetera, you’ll find that in section 26 of the Canadian electrical code book. Then again, you’re going to want a 20th receptacle, fed with 12 gauge wire that’s here in Edmonton, Alberta. We are your Edmonton electrician.
This doesn’t apply to the NEC, the national electrical code. This all applies to the CEC, the Canadian electrical code, and that is what we abide by along with all of its great amendments here in Edmonton and area. Again, for your kitchen, you’re going to have your pot lights. Maybe you have four in a small kitchen, maybe you have six medium sized kitchen, maybe you have a dropped a wall and you’re combining a kitchen in a dining room.
Maybe then you might have eight to 12 pot lights depending on your size, whether you want four inch spotlights or six inch spotlights, uh, made sure their vapor barrier compliant. If you do have a vapor barrier and your ceiling or otherwise that’s not allowed and they will find that later on in home inspection or in other cases. Another thing to remember too, when you’re doing your under cabinet lighting is you want to know what type of under cabinet lighting you’re going to install before you finish the walls.
Because if you’re going to finish and put a backsplash, you’re not going to be drilling holes into those walls after the fact. So you want to determine if you’re going to have led strip lighting or if you’re going to have maybe an led hard fixture or if you’re going to have puck lights or if you’re gonna retrofit fixture lighting into the cabinetry. Some cabinet designers allow for that. If you’re going to have glass shelves and maybe a single puck light or a strip of lights to have an accent shelf unit in your kitchen cabinetry.
That’s another option. Pretty typical for what we’ll install is a led strip lighting. You can cut it to length and you can crimp them on. You can adapt them just about however you want. They’re very user friendly. These three M tape backing and we’ll put them close to the front of your countertop because that’s what’s going to disperse the most light and when we put them close to the front of your countertop, they will typically be covered by a valence that your cabinet guys going install so that valence might be inch and a quarter, two inch, three, four inch, however thick they want to have that overhang of your cabinetry.
That’s what’s going to cover up that light and give that nice glow that you’re going to see. If you want to have your lights dimmable or non dimmable, that’s something that you need to tell your electrical contractor before they buy the lights. Because if they buy non demo because it’s cheaper and that’s what they quoted you with, then you’re not going to be happy when you try to put a dimmer on it and now it’s flashing really bright on and off, and it’s giving you that stroboscopic effect.
Your lights have to be compatible with your dimmer switches. Most most name brand dimmer switches and most named Brown lights that you’re going to buy from a wholesaler or your supply house, they’re going to be compatible. However, if you’re buying off of third party sources or maybe you’re buying off that massive online website that sells just about everything, uh, those might not be compatible.
You’re going to want to check that and make sure you’re ready to return it. If, if the case may be another thing you remember to a tamper resistant outlets, so in any residential dwelling or childcare facility, et cetera, you’re going to find that you need tamper resistant outlets. What this means is that you cannot stick a paper clip or a screwdriver into one terminal of that plug without having another item sticking into the other side of that plug.
And what this effectively does is when you stick an appliance cord into an outlet, you’re going to be sliding open both of those little white plastic doors on both the hot and the neutral terminals or the hot and identified terminals of that plug and letting you plug it in successfully. The whole point of a Tiara outlet is so that kids, little children can’t stick things in that outlet and get a shock.
So they’re a great unit to have. If you’re on a countertop, you don’t necessarily need that, but Hey, why wouldn’t you? Maybe things get busy. Maybe you have a baby, maybe you got 14 things on the goal and you need to change your diaper on a countertop. Uh, anything, anything. Just just stock tr receptacles.
As an electrical contractor, all we stock is tamper resistant for dwelling units, spec grade for commercial units. And that makes it a whole lot easier. That way you cannot throw a non tr receptacle into a home without a hoe, without going out and buying it separately. We put all TRS receptacles into homes, just tamper resistant. That’s what keeps it nice and easy. That’s what goes under templates and check sheets and that’s what makes our jobs all pass inspection and give our customers the service that they deserve, that the quality electrical that should know and expect.
And that’s what keeps our name trustworthy out there. So if you are looking to have a kitchen renovation and you need any questions on electrical, give us a call. If you want a free estimate on your kitchen, electrical for your renovation, give us a call at (780) 935-0622. We are your Edmonton electrician.
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