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#83637 - 02/10/03 10:15 PM AFCI Question  
pip  Offline
Joined: Dec 2000
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Little Elm,Tx
In 210.12(B) it says -All branch circuits that supply 125v, single phase, 15 and 20 amp
OUTLETS in berooms shall be protected. My question is is a switch for a light fixture considered an outlet?

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#83638 - 02/10/03 10:35 PM Re: AFCI Question  
txsparky  Offline
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Magnolia,.Texas U.S.A.
Article 100 Definitions
Outlet-A point on the wiring system at which current is taken to supply utilization equipment.
Not by definition,but if the switch is supplying a fixture in the bedroom it would have to be on the AFCI circuit.

BTW-- Where is Little Elm?

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#83639 - 02/11/03 08:31 AM Re: AFCI Question  
Redsy  Offline
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Bucks County PA
Actually 210.12 (2002 NEC) requires the AFCI to "provide protection for the entire branch circuit".
It was the '99 code that referred to the "outlets"

#83640 - 02/11/03 11:42 AM Re: AFCI Question  
resqcapt19  Offline
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I still want to konw where I can find an outlet that is rated 125 volts, 15 or 20 amps.


#83641 - 02/11/03 01:02 PM Re: AFCI Question  
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Check the supplier that provides the 3 phase 115 volt motors listed in Table 430.150! [Linked Image]

#83642 - 02/11/03 03:28 PM Re: AFCI Question  
ElectricAL  Offline
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Posts: 597
Minneapolis, MN USA
Following on what txsparky said, and a comment I just saw in Mike's latest newsletter, since a switch is not an outlet (definition). . .if the switch inside the bedroom is controlling only load outside the bedroom (say, the outdoor flood lighting, or the closet light), then the branch circuit the switch is in does not require AFCI protection.

Al Hildenbrand

#83643 - 02/11/03 11:02 PM Re: AFCI Question  
pip  Offline
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Little Elm,Tx
thanks guys...first, the 2002 does refer to 15 and 20 amp outlets 210.12(b). Second, little elm is in the DFW 10 miles from Frisco
and about 25 miles north of Dallas. Fastest growing city in texas by percentage population under 50,000. Thanks for the posts...helped me win an arguement.

#83644 - 02/12/03 01:13 PM Re: AFCI Question  
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Oxnard, CA, USA
And part of the array of outlets to be protected are the Smokeys (210-8). Can anyone in CMP#2 tell me why?

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