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Old 03-04-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
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I currently have a two gang box that has a gfi and a switch to control my pool light.
The pool light is getting power from the "line" side of the gfi and is not protected.
I installed a new gfi and hooked the light to the load side and everytime I switched on the light it trips the gfi, what should i do to correct this?

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Old 03-04-2012, 11:06 PM   #2
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Replace the light. Obviously it is leaking current into the pool ....

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So it sounds like i hooked it up correctly I assume?
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Drain the pool and check the light fixture would be a good starting point safety wise anyway
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Thanks guys!
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If the pool light is an old line-voltage type, you might want to consider replacing it with either a low-voltage type, or a fiber optic unit that has the light source away from the water. Those old line-voltage lights always leaked some current. When the NEC first called for GFCIs in the 1970s, it had a special rule for a special type of GFCI that allowed more leakage current, for use with pool equipment. That exception went away in, I think, 1987.

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