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    Default RED LIGHT AND GREEN LIGHT ON GFCI BREAKER

    HEY GUYS

    first time i have seen this, inspected a house today and it had gfci breakers with green light on and working--tripped it light went off--then all kitchen gfci breakers had red light on and were working--tripped breaker and light went out--master bathroom controlling gfci breaker had no light when i tripped it yellow light..wtf

    i alwasy told my clients a green light meant good a yellow and red light tripped--just like traffic lights. i have seenbreakers with both green and red lights --with red meaning tripped--what do you say

    thanks

    cvf

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    Default Re: RED LIGHT AND GREEN LIGHT ON GFCI BREAKER

    GFCI receptacle outlets have evolved quite a bit. Most offer multiple built-in circuit checks and more than one visual status indicator.

    Here is one from Leviton with 2 LED indicators and an audible beep.

    What brand were the ones you tested?


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    Default Re: RED LIGHT AND GREEN LIGHT ON GFCI BREAKER

    Depends on manufacturer. Seen them when the light was on when working and off when tripped. Seen them with light off when working and on when tripped. Never paid much attention to color or off/on light status.

    If it is different from everyday in your home, it is tripped. Reset it.

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    Default Re: RED LIGHT AND GREEN LIGHT ON GFCI BREAKER

    DOM

    thanks know about that one but never saw a red or yellow light before that meant operational--don't know the make--not on cover plate

    cvf


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    Default Re: RED LIGHT AND GREEN LIGHT ON GFCI BREAKER

    Just a note. These are receptacles, NOT circuit breakers. GFI receptacles have NO overcurrent protection whatsoever.

    A true GFI circuit breaker (that goes in a breaker panel) has both overcurrent and short circuit protection, plus GFCI protection. They are not the same thing.



    About the receptacles above, as the others have said, it depends on the mfg. Some green when on. Some red or amber when tripped. Some no light at all.


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    Default Re: RED LIGHT AND GREEN LIGHT ON GFCI BREAKER

    speedy

    know breaker from outlet--just wording. i cannot believe that the gfci outlet makers would make it so hard and confusing for home consumers to figure out working or not--red light stop--green light go--as i said have never seen a red light on gfci OUTLET mean good. NEVER i will persue this. just doesn't make sense to me--

    I HAVE A HOUSE THAT HAS A GREEN LIGHT A RED LIGHT ON WHEN GOOD AND A YELLOW LIGHT ON WHEN TRIPPED--STUPID. WILL GET TO ALL

    CVF


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    Default Re: RED LIGHT AND GREEN LIGHT ON GFCI BREAKER

    Quote Originally Posted by CHARLIE VAN FLEET View Post
    know a breaker from outlet--just wording.
    But words mean things... Of course what you really mean is receptacle. All receptacles are outlets but not all outlets are receptacles. NEC has definitions for all these those words. They actually mean different things.

    This is a technical forum. Expect to be called out for using words and terms incorrectly.

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