I am doing a retrofit structured wire pull (long story, but the telephone lines are problematic, we already ran the coax for satellite, so running to a new location is a joke, and my walls interfere with Wifi), and putting all my AV equipment in there as well.
My question is, while I am cutting wholes in ceilings and running through the attic, should I bring more power to that location? It currently has a regular 15 Amp receptacle, and doesn't really share much). Here is my decision:
Run a dedicated 15 Amp or 20 Amp circuit, run two dedicated 15 Amp or 20 Amp circuits, do nothing and just add a few more recepticals on the existing circuit to keep things clean.
Here are my thoughts:
If I run a new circuit, run 2. The incremental cost of 14/3 or 12/3 wire over 14/2 or 12/2 is next to nothing, and its only a few extra bucks for a double circuit. Having two circuits would let me put things like dual-power supplied servers (happen to have one) onto both circuits, so if one flips, so what. It also lets me distribute the load between them to keep from blowing a circuit.
20 Amp vs 15 Amp, the reason for 20 Amp is that its more power, 12/3 isn't that much more than 14/3 wire, and it has that "commercial gear ready" feel. The draw back is that I am putting tamper-proof outlets all over the house (my son is probably going to crawl soon), and the 20 Amp outlets wouldn't be the same tamper-proof as everywhere else.
Will I regret not pulling the power? It is an unpleasant run, I have to do it over the flat roof, and will cost about $200 (new work boxes, receptacles, wire) for 15 Amps, $250 for 20 Amps. We already had to patch part of that ceiling from a leak, so repainting is in the works anyway. Now is the time for the run... and if it goes well, I might even rewire my screwy light-fixture/fan mess right now instead of just using Insteon to get it all sane.
Will I take advantage of having more power in the closet? It will keep any servers, AV equipment, security systems, etc., that I add to the house.
Thanks for the advice,