I recently was checking on getting parts for my "burglar alarm" project, and was told by a local "alarm supply" house, that I had to get the special "low voltage" alarm license, even though I had my State Electrical License. I have contacted the Electrical Board in my state, and am waiting their reply. Just wondering what other states require in this field. Looks like the State License should cover it all. Thanks for the input....
Just as I thought, My state says I can do any low voltage job I may have under my existing State License The alarm people says I will have to be finger printed etc. to install burglar alarms... Wonder if that is just a sales pitch or has anyone heard of such. He explained that they didn't want thiefs hooking up burglar alarm systems because he will know how it is wire and possible know how to over ride it, by knowing where wires are and to clip them.. Sounding more like a sales pitch all the time though.... Any input??
Re: "Low Voltage license"#16969 11/19/0204:47 PM11/19/0204:47 PM
I think if I was to deal with this guy you mention, I might tell him that I'm authorized to install burglar alarm systems, I'm licensed to do so and How do you know these low voltage guys aren't scheming. I think it's discrimination not to sell a product to someone, specially with a lame excuse like that. They can't write their own laws at the supply house. I remenber back in the early 80s when i first got my license the supply house asked if I was licensed. I said kind of bluntly, what state would you like to see and handed him 3 licenses. I didn't think supply houses of any type would still be conducting themselves like that. It's not like your buying a gun,
Re: "Low Voltage license"#16970 11/19/0205:15 PM11/19/0205:15 PM
As far as I know in Massachusetts, you do not need a license to do burgler alarms. Fire Alarms are a much different story. Most companies that i deal with do both fire and burgler. They sell fear to their clients during sales pitches I have witnessed, which I believe the alarm company you are dealing with is doing.
Re: "Low Voltage license"#16971 11/19/0205:43 PM11/19/0205:43 PM
In my state an electrician can not do any work under 90V. We have four different types of low voltage licenses that cover general, telecom, alarm and unrestricted. After sitting through an eight hour masters test, I found the LV test quite easy.
Re: "Low Voltage license"#16974 11/19/0209:00 PM11/19/0209:00 PM
CA has different licenses... (C-10 for Electrical and C-7 for low voltage (<91 volts), HOWEVER: a C-10 (electrical) contractor CAN do low voltage. CA does have a seperate licencing agency for the installation of buglar/fire alarms though.
California Code of Regulations Division 8, Title 16, Article 3. Classification
C10 – Electrical Contractor
An electrical contractor places, installs, erects or connects any electrical wires, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduits, solar photovoltaic cells or any part thereof, which generate, transmit, transform or utilize electrical energy in any form or for any purpose.
Re: "Low Voltage license"#16975 04/23/0507:00 PM04/23/0507:00 PM
Wirenutt: "I think it's discrimination not to sell a product to someone, specially with a lame excuse like that." I agree with that. I walk in to a hardware store, grab a blue Carlon plastic box, and expect to pay without a hassle, But when the clerk stops me, asks me for some form of ID, and tells me to scram due to me being 13, that's just not right! (Don't ask what I use those boxes for, LV wiring to traffic lights to storing nuts and bolts.
Is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
Re: "Low Voltage license"#16976 04/23/0509:07 PM04/23/0509:07 PM