Codes & Standards

 

Essential to the work of the electrical contractor is knowledge of the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Installation Standards and additional standards and codes administered by the National Fire Protection Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and others. Here is a list of all our articles on codes and standards listed chronologically by issue date. 

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2014 NEC.
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Understanding the third article of the National Electrical Code (NEC), Article 110, Requirements for Electrical Installations, is essential to having a Code-compliant installation of the electrical system. 


In March, I attended a Central Arizona Chapter International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) meeting. A discussion ensued about the growing number of improperly installed and uncertified light-emitting diode (LED) retrofit lighting kits.

The National Electrical Code (NEC) contains the minimum requirements for a safe installation. One must do at least that much when installing electrical equipment and systems. This means understanding how to size electrical conductors of circuits, including the equipment grounding conductors (EGCs).

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Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part VI

210.70(A)(2) Lighting Outlets Required Branch circuit requirements are covered in Article 210 of the National Electrical Code. Part III of Article 210 covers required receptacle outlets and lighting outlets.


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Article 410 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers the installation of the wiring and the equipment forming the parts of lamps, luminaires (fixtures) and lampholders.


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Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part IV

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New GFCI Technology Issues

The new type of GFCI employing the latest technology comes with a caveat that must be brought to our attention. Do not get the impression that if this type of receptacle is wired incorrectly that a person cannot be killed or injured.


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Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part III

210.70(A)(1) Lighting Outlets Required Lighting outlet requirements are covered in the last section of Article 210. Branch circuits supplying lighting outlets must be installed in accordance with the provisions in 210.70(A) through (C).


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