Originally Posted by ceclmc
According to the definition in Article 100, continuous load means that it continues for 3 hours or more.
Just a small clarifications, but one that is pretty important.
A continuous load is one where "A load where the maximum current is expected to continue for 3 hours or more."
little in a home would actually be considered a continuous load. Some things, like electric heat and water heaters must be considered a continuous load, but I am referring to lighting and receptacle circuits.