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).