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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Historically, the National Electrical Code (NEC) has required much of the electrical equipment, wiring methods and other electrical parts used in the electrical industry to be listed.

Section 110.26 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) requires specific minimums for working space around electrical equipment. Section 110.26 is divided into six subsections, and some of them contain even more subsections.


Every three years, the National Electrical Code (NEC) is revised and often expanded. As the 2017 NEC development cycle comes to a close, the final stages of the process unfold.

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Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part IV

210.70(A)(2) Lighting Outlets Required Requirements specifying wall switch-controlled lighting outlets (or receptacles) are covered in 210.70. This section contains three subsections: dwelling units, guest rooms and other than dwelling units.


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CODE CITATIONS Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 220 Branch Circuits, Feeder and Service Calculations Article 250 Grounding Article 320 Armored Cable Article 410 Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures), Lampholders and Lamps Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits and Controllers Volume 1 of the Fire Resistance


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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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Understanding Luminaires and Lamps

A luminaire is defined in Article 100 as “a complete lighting unit consisting of a lamp or lamps together with the parts designed to distribute the light, to position and protect the lamps and ballast (where applicable), and to connect the lamps to the power supply.” Since luminaires (lighting fixtu


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More than Just a 'Gas' Station

The NEC changes to account for new fuels


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Supplying Emergency Lighting, Swimming Pool Pump Motors and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations


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