Would it be a code violation to modify an 250watt explosionprooof lighting fixture to a 400watt. a new ballast and globe were installed to make it a 400. The argument is that it is still an explosionproof fixture and everything fit. I do not agree with this method, because this is not the watts designed for also the nameplate will no longer be accurate. I can not find it in the code but isn't there something about modifying equipment. Thank You for your time & help!
For specific items of equipment and materials referred to in this Code, examinations for safety made under standard conditions provide a basis for approval where the record is made generally available through promulgation by organizations properly equipped and qualified for experimental testing, inspections of the run of goods at factories, and service-value determination through field inspections.
This avoids the necessity for repetition of examinations by different examiners, frequently with inadequate facilities for such work, and the confusion that would result from conflicting reports on the suitability of devices and materials examined for a given purpose.
It is the intent of this Code that factory-installed internal wiring or the construction of equipment need not be inspected at the time of installation of the equipment, except to detect alterations or damage, if the equipment has been listed by a qualified electrical testing laboratory that is recognized as having the facilities described in the preceding paragraph and that requires suitability for installation in accordance with this Code.
FPN No. 1: See requirements in 110.3.
FPN No. 2: Listed is defined in Article 100.
FPN No. 3: Annex A contains an informative list of product safety standards for electrical equipment.