Originally Posted By: rrushing
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All bedrooms are adequately AFCI protected at all receptacle outlets as well as the lighting outlets and smoke detector outlets. However, the bedroom receptacle outlets are on one circuit and the bedroom lighting outlet are on another circuit. I don’t see anything where this set-up is not allowed (to have the receptacles and the lighting on separate AFCI’s).
When you trip the receptacle outlets (only) AFCI breaker, the lighting remains on. When you trip the lighting AFCI (only) breaker the receptacle outlets remain on.
Was the intent of the IRC and NEC requirements for AFCI's to kill power to the entire room and ALL of its circuits by a single breaker OR, is it acceptable to have the circuits for the outlet receptacles and the lighting outlets separated? Certainly appears to me that it would be acceptable.
Per IRC 2003:
E3802.11 Bedroom outlets.
All branch circuits that supply 125-volt, single-phase, 15-and 20 ampre outlets installed in dwelling unit bedrooms shall be protected by an arc-fault circuit interrupter listed to provide protection of the entire branch circuit.
NEC has same verbage.