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Old 12-07-2008, 09:52 PM   #1
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a.f.c.i. meets L.V.lighting panel.


courious if anyone has dealt with arc fault circuits feeding, lighting panel ,dimming/relay modules.does anyone know what code says about lighting and a.f.c.i.?required?

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courious if anyone has dealt with arc fault circuits feeding, lighting panel ,dimming/relay modules.does anyone know what code says about lighting and a.f.c.i.?required?

I'v been using Arc faults on my L/V panels for about six months now. Havne't run into any issues yet

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The code requires AFCI protection for all lighting and receptacles in sleeping areas. The 2008 NEC requires AFCI for all circuits in a home 20amps or less. I don't imagine LV lighting gets you out of the requirement.
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If your asking if you will have a problem with the AFCI and LV panel no you wont. If everything is wiring correctly you will be fine
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The code requires AFCI protection for all lighting and receptacles in sleeping areas. The 2008 NEC requires AFCI for all circuits in a home 20amps or less. I don't imagine LV lighting gets you out of the requirement.
If this is in a kitchen or bath, would it only be required to have GFCI protection or are they now requiring ARC fault even for kitchen and bath in 2008?
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Jamie I'm not sure because I'm enforcing the 2002 NEC in my behind-the-times jurisdiction.

I don't see why the kitchen and bath receptacle circuits wouldn't be required to be AFCI protected though. GFCI protection can be obtained at the devices. Most electricians don't use GFCI breakers at those locations anyway, just because of the inconvenience of having to go to the panel to reset (that equals callbacks for builders). It is much more homeowner friendly to use GFCI devices in the bath and kitchen.

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