Sorry to be putting so many post. I guess it's my day in the shop and going over the code. One thing I wished they would have changed is 411.4(B). As far as I'm concerned and obviously a few of the inspectors I've had dealings with, the ruling for lights under 30 volts, to have to be 10 ft. away from a pool, is ridiculas. You can put a 120 volt light under the water. and within 5 ft., but you can't put a low voltage light within 10 ft. of the pool. I realize that the low voltage light is not grounded, but neither is it grounded when it is in the front or back yard after a hard rain and is accessible to children, elderly, etc. etc. It refers to article 680, but there is nothing I can find about low voltage lights in 680. I've had more than one pool where it was pratically impossible to keep that distance. I've had at least 2 inspectors that agreed with me. Anybody else had this problem. Seems like it just creats confusion, at least on my part it does... Sorry for the ranting... guess it's just my day... Steve..
You aren't being ridiculous, Steve. I agree that this is downright silly. Then again, I think that lots of '08 changes are crazy. It screams of how much influence that the manufacturers have over the code. I'll bet that if any manufacturers of LV lighting had a seat on the NEC's board, this wouldn't be an issue at all.
What does the manufacture instructions state? I have seen where the Manufactures instruction prohibits their lights within 10 feet of the pool. If that is the case, then they can't be there as per 110 of the NEC. Right? I am not saying that all manufactures do not allow their lights near the pool, just some of them.
Perhaps I didn't explain this clearly enough. Low voltage lights are generally not GFCI protected, the primary protection will not protect for a fault on the secondary. If they did you could never keep those cheap Malibu lights burning.
I suppose if someone came out with a LV light that did have GFCI on the secondary side there would be a reason to reexamine this.