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    Are pool lights required to be GFCI protected if they are low voltage? I see two types of pool panels which are typically manufactured by intermatic. The first have a transformer for the pool light, but no GFCI reset. The second have a GFCI or "low voltage circuit protector" as they call them on the panel label.

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    All pool lights should be GFCI protected.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    All pool lights should be GFCI protected.
    Except (drum roll ) optical fiber ones where the lights are not actually even in the pool, or anywhere close to the pool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Barnicle View Post
    The second have a GFCI or "low voltage circuit protector" as they call them on the panel label.
    Then I would not call them "GFCI" protected. "Low voltage circuit protector" has nothing to do with GFCI protection as I take the term, to me, that indicates it is there to protect the equipment and its low voltage circuit.

    If it was "GFCI" protection, it would state "GFCI" or "Ground-fault Circuit Interrupter" on it.

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    As Rick stated... it needs to be GFCI protected.

    rr


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    From an article I published recently, GFCIs are required in the following locations:

    - All bathroom receptacles
    - All kitchen and counter receptacles
    - Garage and unfinished basement receptacles
    EXCEPT ones that are not readily accessible or that
    serve an appliance not readily moved.
    - All exterior receptacles
    - All crawlspace receptacles
    - All boathouse receptacles
    - Receptacles within six feet of a laundry or wet bar sink
    - Whirlpool tub motors
    - Spas and fountains
    - 120 volt swimming pool lights

    However, I agree that GFCIs for 12V lighting around pools ought to be recommended.


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    Greg,

    Here is a list I've been publishing since, well, a long time, and update to each new NEC edition.

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    While I am at at it:

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    Jerry thank you for tha page I will keep it on my clipboard.


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