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#166548 - 07/23/07 04:04 PM Burned Switch  
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#166568 - 07/23/07 07:53 PM Re: Burned Switch [Re: renosteinke]  
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Lightning?


#166570 - 07/23/07 08:26 PM Re: Burned Switch [Re: ShockMe77]  
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We still do not know what made this switch have a melt down. It was on a 277volt circuit and the breaker never tripped. The breaker was a Cutler Hammer Power Line c style breaker. This is also a code violation type deal because 120 and 277 were in the same box. I know the contacts inside the switch had welded together.


#166573 - 07/23/07 08:40 PM Re: Burned Switch [Re: waymag]  
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The 120V switch and 277V switch can be in the same box IF the voltage between 2 adjacent switches doesn't exceed 300V.

It's in 404.8(B) smile

(I wonder what the voltage between the 2 systems is?)



#166579 - 07/23/07 09:21 PM Re: Burned Switch [Re: electure]  
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Perhaps the switch was not rated for 277?


#166601 - 07/24/07 10:45 AM Re: Burned Switch [Re: electure]  
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Originally Posted by electure
(I wonder what the voltage between the 2 systems is?)


Best case = 157V, worst case = 397V, depending upon phasing.


#166626 - 07/24/07 08:55 PM Re: Burned Switch [Re: pauluk]  
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My, how simple! laugh


#166627 - 07/24/07 09:12 PM Re: Burned Switch [Re: electure]  
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Well it had 120v and basically 480v too because the other 2 switches were 277 on a phase and 277 on b phase... 1-120v switch and 2-277 volt switches...after repullint wire back up to j box I did an amp reading and got 4 amps on the 120v switch 3.5 on one of the 277 volt switches and 1.5 on the other 277 volt switch.



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