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LV Lighting Cable woes #95340
09/07/05 08:51 PM
09/07/05 08:51 PM
Redsy  Offline OP
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,056
Bucks County PA
We know that LV cales can't pass through or be concealed in walls per Article 411.
The aggravation that some of these installations pose, along with trying to explain to homeowners why you can't use LV cable, makes me wonder why someone doesn't get a UL listing for a LV cable that can be concealed.
It would eliminate the "junction/transition" fittings, and probably make the job go much smoother.

Any thoughts?

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Re: LV Lighting Cable woes #95341
09/07/05 09:56 PM
09/07/05 09:56 PM
SolarPowered  Offline
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Posts: 625
Palo Alto, CA, USA
...makes me wonder why someone doesn't get a UL listing for a LV cable that can be concealed.

Isn't that called, "Romex"? [Linked Image]

Re: LV Lighting Cable woes #95342
09/08/05 05:56 AM
09/08/05 05:56 AM
Redsy  Offline OP
Joined: Mar 2001
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Bucks County PA
Romex, indeed.

However, depending on the installation conditions, accomodating the transition back to LV isn't always that easy. Even with the devices designed to do so.

Re: LV Lighting Cable woes #95343
09/08/05 09:02 PM
09/08/05 09:02 PM
Jim M  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 457
Chestertown, MD, USA

LV cable will be allowed in walls in the 05 Code. One AHJ will let me sleeve LV thru ent in the walls.

I think there are some conditions but my notes are not with me.

Re: LV Lighting Cable woes #95344
09/09/05 02:27 AM
09/09/05 02:27 AM
e57  Offline
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Posts: 2,876
Attention should also be paid to the listing of the fixture as well, some dont allow modification to the wiring and terminations.

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Re: LV Lighting Cable woes #95345
09/10/05 05:23 PM
09/10/05 05:23 PM
Tom  Offline
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,044
Shinnston, WV USA
The 2005 code will allow cables feeding low voltage lights to be concealed if the power supply is a listed class 2 power supply and the cable is also listed as a class 2 cable. Due to the power source limitations (see table 11(A) in Chapter 9), this may not be practical for some installations.


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