Copper cabling typically consists of 4 pairs of

**wire**(8 total conductors) wrapped in a single jacket. For example,**14**/**2**indicates that there are two**14**-gauge**wires**(a ground**wire**, if part of the**cable**, is not included in this number) within the**cable**.Consequently, how many watts can you run on a 14 gauge wire?

#14 gauge cable has a rated capacity of

**15**amps or**1800 watts**(at 120 volts).**1800 watts**divided by**575 watts**per light = 3.13 instruments. Obviously you can not have a .13 lamp. 8.What is the amp rating for 14 gauge wire?

I spoke with an electrician in the area that told me on older systems, it was fine (but not for new construction). Apparently, a 14 gauge wire can carry

**20 amps**safely but the "powers-that-be" say it can only carry**15 amps**just as a built-in safety measure.How many electrical outlets can be on one circuit?

I'm ask so many times how many outlets and or lights can I put on a 15 amp or

**20**amp breaker. Well NEC code does not have it listed that way. By rule of thumb you would stick with 8 to**10 outlets**and or lights per breaker. Now this is of course they are 120 volts 60mhz (USA or Canada).