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Old 08-20-2011, 10:55 PM   #1
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AFCI breaker requirement


Hi, I am running a electrical circuit from my circuit breaker panel to a single pole toggle, located inside the house, from there to a pair of Par-38 floodlight, attach the the exterior side of my home.

Does the 2008 NEC code have any requirement, that this be supply by
a AFCI single pole breaker.

I believe it doesn't since the light outlet is outside.

Just another point, I said the on/off switch for the light was inside. what
if this switch was outside.

Please cite NEC 2008 CODE section that would require a AFCI breaker.

Now many thanks to every one the answer this question. THANK YOU!

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AFCI not needed. Your circuit is not among those specified.

210.12 Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection.
(A) Dwelling Units. All 120-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.

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Do you not need one for a bathroom because the bathroom will have GFCI?
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Currently the code isn't requiring a circuit that feeds a bath to be AFCI protected. But that’s not to say that such circuit doesn’t require AFCI protection. For example, if the bath light circuit is shared with a room that does require AFCI protection, then the entire circuit gets protected. If the circuit only goes to the bath and doesn’t leave, then no AFCI protection is required.
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I am just wondering what the logic of not requiring a bathroom to have it. I was thinking the logic was because the bathroom is required to have GFCI.
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The bath receptacles are required to be GFCI'd. The lights are not. Maybe it's the code writers way of admitting that AFCI's & GFCI's don't always play nice together. At least when AFCI's first came out. I'm sure they'll incorparate into future editions though.

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