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#16967 - 11/19/02 03:55 PM "Low Voltage license"  
sparkync  Offline
Joined: Oct 2002
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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.... [Linked Image]

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#16968 - 11/19/02 05:02 PM Re: "Low Voltage license"  
sparkync  Offline
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Posts: 826
Just as I thought, My state says I can do any low voltage job I may have under my existing State License [Linked Image] 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??

#16969 - 11/19/02 05:47 PM Re: "Low Voltage license"  
Wirenuttt  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 267
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,

#16970 - 11/19/02 06:15 PM Re: "Low Voltage license"  
spyder  Offline
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 210
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.

#16971 - 11/19/02 06:43 PM Re: "Low Voltage license"  
mj  Offline
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 186
meriidian, ms
you can get your burgler alarm supplies from, no lic required be buy the parts, however a lic is required to install/service the equiptment.the supply house is pulling you leg.

#16972 - 11/19/02 06:52 PM Re: "Low Voltage license"  
mj  Offline
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 186
meriidian, ms
sparkync, disregard the above e mail address, the correct address is for your alarm supplies.

#16973 - 11/19/02 09:58 PM Re: "Low Voltage license"  
arseegee  Offline
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 324
Statesboro, GA USA
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.

#16974 - 11/19/02 10:00 PM Re: "Low Voltage license"  
Mike_Riverside  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 33
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.

#16975 - 04/23/05 08:00 PM Re: "Low Voltage license"  
Theelectrikid  Offline
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Posts: 810
Levittown, PA
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.

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#16976 - 04/23/05 10:07 PM Re: "Low Voltage license"  
hbiss  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 886
Hawthorne, NY USA
New York requires a burgler/fire alarm license. Yes I do believe that you will be fingerprinted and a background check done.

I know that in Connecticut you will need a separate license to do CATV/antenna work and to install coax within a building or house. Wonder how many CT EC's know that?


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