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#88312 05/27/04 10:47 PM
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When installing outlets in the soffit of a home for Christmas lighting do these plugs need to be gfi protected? I have always put in a gfi breakers but was told that they didnt have to because they where over 7' off the ground. I feel better about them having protection, you can never be to carefull.

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GFCI required.


Ryan Jackson,
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#88314 05/27/04 11:17 PM
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Thanks Ryan. Could you tell me where I could find this in the code book.

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210.8(A)


Ryan Jackson,
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#88316 05/28/04 01:10 AM
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I was always under the impression that they didn't have to be GFCI because of the
210.8(A)(3) exception that allows for non GFCI on plugs that are not readily accessible.

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The exception to 210.8(A)(3) only applies to receptacles used for snow-melting & deicing equipment.

I guess Christmas lights would help melt the snow and ice. [Linked Image]


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I hoping I wasn't wrong, since I didn't have my code book. I really should stop winging it like that [Linked Image]


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#88319 05/28/04 03:11 PM
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There was a local contractor that was installing receptacles in the soffit for Christmas lighting and was also trying to use the snow-melting and deicing equipment exception. That would be fine except we are in South West Florida. It did snow here once about 2,000 years ago!!!


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I don't know what that exception would save you, since you would then have to have GFPE. Is GFPE cheaper? I thought it was more.

[This message has been edited by Ryan_J (edited 05-28-2004).]


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