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Low voltage deck lighting - want to hardwire - no "quik block"

Low voltage deck lighting - want to hardwire - no "quik block"

Old 10-11-03, 10:06 AM
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Low voltage deck lighting - want to hardwire - no "quik block"

Hi... again...

I'm looking to complete the deck lighting on want to know, code-wise, if the "quick" block that are sold with the fixtures are required, or if I can still hardwire them (i.e. solder, heatshrink, tape, etc.) -- I'm not interested in this "poke through the sheilding" type blocks as I think moisture, etc. is going to make these connections turn to crap in a couple of years.

In my opinion there is NOTHING like hardwiring a job with solder and heatshrink and then tape. But if the NEC says I'm wrong, I have to do it their way.

Let me know, please. -- Thanks for the help.

Old 10-11-03, 11:44 AM
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I would think that you could make the connections permanent as long as you did it as you said. The lighting manufactures just needed a do-it-yourself way to install the lighting and the vampire connectors were the way they went. It is like using wire nuts instead of soldering and taping romex connecitons. Both are fine, but one takes 10x as long (and isn't easy to change!).
Old 10-11-03, 10:37 PM
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To my knowledge code never requires a specific method of splicing or termination. At least not a specific product or style. You are required to have c good mechanical connection and adequate insulation or isolation of the splice, beyond that the design specifics are pretty open. On top of which, you are running low voltage, which is a more leinent set of criteria.

I could certainly see no code violation in a solder and shrink connection. it seems like a whole lot of overkill, but code isn't concerned with efficiency, just safety.
Old 10-12-03, 08:16 AM
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Thank you thank you thank you!

That is what I wanted to hear!!

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