View Full Version : GFCI in bedrooms per 2009 NEC?

02-19-2009, 01:51 PM
During a conversation with two (2) local, licensed residential electricians and one of the local electrical inspectors, on a job site the other day> Any new residential construction after Jan.01, 2009 requires that all 120v circuits within a bedroom be GFCI protected on either a 15 amp or 20 amp circuit, and all 120v circuits within any one bedroom may not be on one circuit. They stated that this was to bring Georgia up to par with the NEC. These electricians and the inspector say this is overkill. You're opinions? Thanks, David

Speedy Petey
02-19-2009, 02:10 PM
A) There is NO 2009 NEC. It is the 2008 NEC.

B) They are talking about AFCI, not GFIC protection.

I have no idea where Geprgia is on this. Many locations around the country have adopted the 2008 NEC, but have placed amendments on the AFCI requirements.

Only someone who knows the actual codes in your particular area will be able to tell you.

..., and all 120v circuits within any one bedroom may not be on one circuit.
I have no idea what this means.

02-19-2009, 02:59 PM
Georgia accepted it as of Jan 1st 2009 according to this
But as said you need to find out if it was accepted in full


Also Tamper proof required everywhere (pretty sure)
Outside must be tamper proof, weather resistant & GFCI

I think those are the changes - we've been on int since Jan 1st 2008
I just returned $52+ of 20a PRO heavy duty outlets I can't use
And they don't have any 20a PRO tamper proof :mad:
Plus the price is double now

02-19-2009, 03:15 PM

210.12 Are-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection.
(B) Dwelling Units: All 125-volt, single-phase,
15- and 20- ampere branch circuits supplying
outlets installed in dwelling unit family rooms,
dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries,
dens, bedrooms, sunrooms, recreation rooms,
closets, hallways, or similar rooms or areas
shall be protected by a listed arc-fault circuit
interrupter, combination-type, installed to
provide protection of the branch circuit.

NC addopted the 2008 NEC last year Mandatory Starting JULY 3 2008
with some exceptions. This section was delayed until JAN 1 2009

02-19-2009, 04:49 PM
Maybe a little more info and clarification as to what this was all about: It is a State of Georgia Amendment to the 2008 NEC, and is about arc-fault and not GFCI. The link I found is very long but it falls under Georgia's Amendments: "210.12 Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection." From what I found it still doesn't explain them talking about not having all duplex outlets in one bedroom on a single circuit, although having the outlets in one room divided up on different circuits is the way I was taught to wire a room so if one circuit fails, you have another for lighting, etc. It seems to be that with any new ruling or amendment to a ruling it takes time for interpretation. I'm still learning every day about something. Thanks, David

02-20-2009, 03:12 AM
Georgia has had arc fault breaker requirements in bedrooms only for several years now. As of 1/1/09 GA has adopted the tamper resistant receptacles in most counties.

02-21-2009, 07:15 PM
Ga currently has arc fault for bedrooms only until 1/1/10 then it reverts the arc fault section from the 08 code.
Here is the amendments