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I totally agree. However if you look at the laws governing outlets in the USA electrical codes..Installing a 20 amp duplex on a 15 amp circuit is not allowed.However installing a 15 amp duplex on a 20 amp circuit IS allowed.These are rules for electricians and electrical contractors. Some folks think they are laws like US statutes.. (which they are not)My last post comments are 'sarcasm'.. I think folks can use a 20 amp design outlet duplex in a 15 amp circuit. But I agree a electrician cannot. He might lose his license.
This is what I picked up today at Lowe's:
Here, this will fix your problem: https://www.amazon.com/NEMA-5-15P-5-20R-Plug-Adapter/dp/B00DNF5Z2M
I decided to just get a 15 Amp unit. Not sure which one but going to sell the SurgeX.
So you are fine with circumventing the idea that a 20 amp device should not be plugged into a 15 amp circuit?As long as it gets around the rules?I am playing 'Devil's advocate' here. I have no problem with it at all. I just wonder why you think this is OK.
Local codes may dictate exactly what can be installed, but from a safety standpoint, installing a 20 amp outlet (that is, an outlet designed to handle up to 20 amps) on a circuit with a 15 amp breaker is fine. The circuit breaker will trip before the outlet reaches capacity. The other way around would be dangerous. A 15 amp outlet installed on a circuit with a 20 amp breaker would allow the outlet to be used over capacity before the breaker would trip. The same is true for the actual wiring. You can install wire capable of handling more current than the breaker, because the breaker is what provides the protection and the wire would never be used over capacity. 15 amp capable wire run to a 20 amp breaker on the other hand will fail before the breaker trips. In short, everything downstream of the breaker must be rated at least to what the breaker is. More is OK, less is not.
Local codes may dictate exactly what can be installed, but from a safety standpoint, installing a 20 amp outlet (that is, an outlet designed to handle up to 20 amps) on a circuit with a 15 amp breaker is fine.
The circuit breaker will trip before the outlet reaches capacity.
Just as an update on this. I ended up getting the recommended Hubbell HBL5262GY 15A 125V Specification Grade Duplex Receptacle. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hubbell-HBL5262GY-15A-125V-Specification-Grade-Duplex-Receptacle-Gray-/232250971870?hash=item36133c96de:g:BuIAAOSwx6pYr5WjI also ended up getting a Audio Prism Foundation III Power Line Filter.
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