GFCI on Lighting Circuit ???

Old 12-31-02, 01:09 PM
Bass Ackwards
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GFCI on Lighting Circuit ???

I have an older home that has an unfinished basement, as well as a dirt floor crawl space under a newer addition. Both areas have the old porcelain lamp sockets for their light sources. Now I have recently rewired all receptacles in these areas to be GFCI outlets, or protected by a GFCI. My question is whether or not the lighting circuits also need to be protected.
I could see with ease, breaking a bulb in the crawl space, and getting your thumb (or some other body part) up in the socket while lying on the damp ground... could be shocking.
Does anyone produce a "non-receptacle" type GFCI device I can wire inline, or would you just wire a GFCI outlet upstream from the light sockets??
Old 12-31-02, 04:43 PM
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Absolutely, Lowe's carries blank-face GFCIs. I'm sure homeDepot does too.


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