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Safety cable on light fixtures #67276
06/30/06 11:31 PM
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texassparky  Offline OP
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Dallas,Texas
More lights are coming with safety cables that have to tie off to the structure in the attic. Question is what do you do if there is no attic. House that I working on now in one room the ceiling looks like a witch hat. No attic. Light only ways about 35 pounds. It was blocked and boxed for a ceiling fan. So I know the box is fine, just not sure what to do about the cable. I was told by the lighting sales rep not to ever cut the cable. Any ideas??? Thanks.

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Re: Safety cable on light fixtures #67277
07/01/06 08:11 PM
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Trick440  Offline
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Waterford, MI, USA
35lbs fixture. Box prep rated for atleast 50lbs. I would just run the cable out of the back of the box into the dead space area. Or cut it.


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Re: Safety cable on light fixtures #67278
07/01/06 08:50 PM
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earlydean  Offline
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Griswold, CT, USA
I would find a rafter and install an eye hook for the safety cable.


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Re: Safety cable on light fixtures #67279
07/02/06 12:01 AM
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HLCbuild  Offline
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Herndon,Va USA
I agree with earlydean. The cable will hold the fixture when the cleaning crew continues to spin the fixture to clean it rather than move around it and the fixture comes unscrewed from the nipple.

Re: Safety cable on light fixtures #67280
07/02/06 08:17 AM
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TwinCitySparky  Offline
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Minnesota
I agree with Early and HLC - If you cannot access any structural support - I would drill a small 3/16" hole thru the side or back of box (depending on where closest structure is) and use a long enough screw so that it passes thru cable eye, thru box (side or back) and into the structural support. Wrap the excess cable into the canopy.

Re: Safety cable on light fixtures #67281
07/02/06 08:20 AM
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e57  Offline
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Attach it inside the box. You say there is a block for the box, use that.


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Re: Safety cable on light fixtures #67282
07/02/06 01:36 PM
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renosteinke  Offline
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Hello NAFTA!

In the case of ceiling fans, the cable is there only because Canada requires it, in addition to the other supports. The fixtures might not need it here in the USA.


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