Anyone know if there are new ARC FAULT requirements in NEC 2008?

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by lahabra, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. lahabra

    lahabra New Member

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    I herd that arc fault requirements are going to be expanded soon.
  2. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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  3. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    That depends.
    Will your area adopt the 2008 NEC?
    If so when?
    If so then go to JW's link and read up.
  4. 480sparky

    480sparky In the Trades

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    Also, some AHJs are adopting the '08 and are modifying it so AFCIs are not required.
  5. Bob NH

    Bob NH In the Trades

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    The 2008 code requires AFCI protection for ALL new 120 Volt circuits in residences. You should pull your permit before the 2008 applies in your jurisdiction to avoid that expensive stupidity.

    Existing circuits usually don't fall under the new code.
  6. 480sparky

    480sparky In the Trades

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    Not quite. Only 15- and 20-amp circuits, and only those suppyling "family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, sunrooms, recreational rooms, closets, hallways, or similar rooms or areas..."

    Note that garages, laundry rooms, kitchens, baths, basements, crawlspaces, and exterior outlets are missing from that list.

    2008 NEC 210.12(B).
  7. lahabra

    lahabra New Member

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    Smoke detectors,

    Since hard wired smoke detectors and lights are in bedrooms, will they also need ARC fault protection?
  8. lahabra

    lahabra New Member

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    I already have my permit. I am under the impression that my job must be in compliance with current codes on the date it is inspected, regardless of when the permit was issued.
  9. 480sparky

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    Yes, smoke detectors fall within the NEC definition of an outlet.
  10. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    How could that possibly be?
    What if you get a rough-in on 12/27/07 and a finish inspection on 1/27/08? Are you suggesting they would use the '08 code for the final???
  11. 480sparky

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    When (if they do) are they going to adopt the '08 in your area?.... that's the critical point you need to find out. Many places don't adopt the '08 automatically on Jan. 1, 2008. Some places may take two or three years to begin enforcing it.
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