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#2649 - 07/17/01 04:24 PM Fixtures as raceways  
Marmat  Offline
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I need help on this one...........A large room as 4 rows of fluorescent fixtures. The contractor has jumped from row to row with Greenfield through the fixtures (not using any junction boxes). The fixtures are not listed as a raceway for circuit conductors. Is this legal?


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#2650 - 07/17/01 04:30 PM Re: Fixtures as raceways  
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welcome Marmat!

I'm reading 410-31 and wondering exactly how the contractor 'daiseychained'. If done with 2 entries or 1 dual entry.

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#2651 - 07/18/01 02:36 PM Re: Fixtures as raceways  
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Originally posted by sparky:
welcome Marmat!

I'm reading 410-31 and wondering exactly how the contractor 'daiseychained'. If done with 2 entries or 1 dual entry.

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The contractor fed the first row of fixtures with a 1/2" greenfield. He then came out of the same fixture to feed the next row (2 entries....one in-one out). This was then repeated for all the rows (in and out each fixture).


#2652 - 07/18/01 06:05 PM Re: Fixtures as raceways  
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Marmat;
I mentioned the latter in hopes the wiring did not pass by the ballast, as it does , and it is not listed for such i'd say it is an inappropriate application.


#2653 - 07/19/01 08:41 AM Re: Fixtures as raceways  
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In your first post, you mentioned the fixtures are not listed for use as raceways. Art. 410-31 says specifically that fixtures shall not be used as a raceway for conductors. Exception No. 1 is for fixtures listed for use as a raceway. In several places in Art. 410, there is mention of an outlet box. I remember in the past that we were to design with outlet boxes, however I can't seem to find the requirement in the Code now. Although, check 410-67(c). Several commentary illustrations show an outlet box within one foot of the fixture, therefore, I think an outlet box adjacent to the fixture is the way to go.


#2654 - 07/20/01 01:46 AM Re: Fixtures as raceways  
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Been awhile since I looked for this one, but, as I remember....<G>, the fixtures Must have written on them suitable fer use as a raceway, and they must be installed end to end........



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