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Old 03-06-2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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Wiring Driveway Lighting


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I had a question about wiring some driveway lighting. At some point the previous owner of the house removed some lighting for the driveway and just closed the breaker and cut the wiring going to outside the house so the wiring is coiled up in the house with the light switch in the off position. I would like to re-install the wiring. I live in Massachusetts and Ive been told that to install the wiring by code it must go to a weather tight GFCI outlet that needs to be mounted to the house, then go down into the ground in plastic conduit with 20 amp UF cable then to the driveway light? Is this correct?

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I would install a GFCI weather tight box with an in use cover and install some conduit with an elbow to get you 12" below grade then run it to all your lights. But low voltage lighting may be a less expensive option.

Also check whether or not you need a permit.

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You do not need to GFCI protect outdoor lighting circuits in general. However. Depending on where the fixtures are located, it would be a good idea to use GFCI protection in some instances. If the lights are above the driveway on poles or mounted to the building they do not need GFCI. If they are at ground level I would use it even though I pretty sure you don't need it.
I would not use UF cable. I would use conduit all the way. Remember. The conduit must not be "subject to physical damage". Are you pulling a permit? If you do, you can rest assured your job will be safe. So pull a permit.
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Thanks for the input guys. I was under the impression that all outdoor circuits required a GFCI. Will I be able to install regular cable in the conduit? I thought UF cable was required for outdoor installations?

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Thanks for the input guys. I was under the impression that all outdoor circuits required a GFCI. Will I be able to install regular cable in the conduit? I thought UF cable was required for outdoor installations?

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UF if theres no conduit, once there is conduit anything that's rated for wet location if fine.
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