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Old 09-19-2007, 12:26 PM   #1
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Outdoor receptacles are required to be GFCI protected.
For an outdoor light mounted on the side of the house, wet location, and the switch being indoors, would the circuit need to be GFCI protected?

Would the answer to the above be the same for a circuit running to a lamp post?

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Old 09-19-2007, 01:17 PM   #2
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No. And yes, the answer is the same.
The NEC is quite clear as to GFI requirements in residential settings. I suggest you read up on 210.8.

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... I was looking all over the NEC for the answer and all I found was GFI requirement for outdoor receptacles. Which I knew about. I could not find anything on outside lighting fixtures.

So thanks for the answer..
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Would the answer to the above be the same for a circuit running to a lamp post?
Not required to be GFCI protected, but, in a residential setting, you would be able to bury the wire at 12" as opposed to 18"

300.5 ( I think, NEC not with me)
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Not required to be GFCI protected, but, in a residential setting, you would be able to bury the wire at 12" as opposed to 18"

300.5 ( I think, NEC not with me)
I'm correct on the 300.5 part, but incorrect on the 18" part. Direct burial cables under a residential lawn would be 24" (non-GFCI protected)
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