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#13816 09/12/02 08:09 AM
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Why is the requirement in 110-27, that live parts greater than 50 volts be guarded? There have been fatalities, although small in number at less than 50 volts. So where did 50 volts come from?

#13817 09/12/02 10:24 AM
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See ARTICLE 720 Circuits and Equipment Operating at Less Than 50 Volts

Been in the code for many years, and probably was the basis for the voltage indicated.


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50V has also been a threshold in some parts of the British "code."

#13819 09/16/02 08:52 AM
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I was told that 50 volts came into the code because 48 volts is what is used for telephone/communication circuits.

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I think it's more to do with the calculation of the likely maximum current available with 50V based on "average" body resistance (if there is such a thing, based on another thread).

The DC supply for telephones is generally 48 or 50V, but the AC ringing supply can be 90V or more.


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