How come? "Voltage Between Adjacent Devices A snap switch shall not be grouped or ganged in enclosures with other snap switches, receptacles, or similar devices, unless they are arranged so that the voltage between adjacent devices does not exceed 300 volts, or unless they are install in enclosures equipped with permanently installed barriers between adjacent devices."
Fine, but it's OK to install a single switch (Leviton makes them with ratings of up to 40A, 3 pole/20HP 600V) or a 480V recp in the box. I Don't Get It
Proposal 9-79, SUBSTANTIATION: Circuit breakers should be included in Exception No. 2 since switches with fuses are permitted by Section 240-24(a)(4), and that section implies circuit breakers are permitted. Switches on 277 volt circuits may also be installed in enclosures adjacent to receptacles on 120 volt circuits where the voltage difference can exceed 300. The hazard of such exposed terminals is just as great regardless of the type of device. The phrase “can be arranged” does not invoke a rule, only a possibility. PANEL ACTION: Accept in Principle. Revise (b) of the proposal to read as follows: “(b) Voltage Between Adjacent Switch(es). A snap switch shall not be grouped or ganged in enclosures with other snap switches, receptacles, or similiar devices unless they are arranged so that the voltage between adjacent devices does not exceed 300 volts, or unless they are installed in enclosures equipped with permanently installed barriers between adjacent devices.” PANEL STATEMENT: The panel wishes to assure that the restriction is not applied to motor starter control circuits and the like. NUMBER OF PANEL MEMBERS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE: 11
Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant
Re: 404.8(B)#79767 01/23/0208:55 AM01/23/0208:55 AM
Thank you, Joe. I still, though, don't understand the reason that it's necessary to keep the voltage below 300V between the adjacent switches. Is there an inherent problem with flashover. I've seen some 277V switches that were pretty ugly(oxymoron) after failing. If so, why would ganged receptacles (or a single device) be any less likely to fail in the same fashion?
Re: 404.8(B)#79768 01/23/0210:04 AM01/23/0210:04 AM