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The requirements for circuits that have two or more outlets or receptacles, other than the receptacle circuits of 210.11(C)(1), (C)(2), and (C)(3), are summarized in Table 210.24. This table provides only a summary of minimum requirements. See 210.19, 210.20, and 210.21 for the specific requirements applying to branch circuits.
Table 210.24 Summary of Branch-Circuit Requirements
Circuit Rating 15 A 20 A 30 A 40 A 50 A
Conductors (min. size):          
Circuit wires1 Taps
14 12 10 8 6
Fixture wires and cords — see 240.5
14 14 14 12 12
Overcurrent Protection 15 A 20 A 30 A 40 A 50 A
Outlet devices:          
Lampholders permitted
Any type Any type Heavy duty Heavy duty Heavy duty
Receptacle rating2
15 max. A 15 or 20 A 30 A 40 or 50 A 50 A
Maximum Load 15 A 20 A 30 A 40 A 50 A
Permissible load See 210.23(A) See 210.23(A) See 210.23(B) See 210.23(C) See 210.23(C)
1These gauges are for copper conductors.
2For receptacle rating of cord-connected electric-discharge luminaires, see 410.62(C).

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