GFI Protection

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Old 02-06-05, 10:09 AM
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GFI Protection

I am aware that exterior lights don't have to be GFI protected.

I have always use GFCI outlets for exterior outlets ( or at least as the first outlet - properly wired to protect downstream ) but is this required for outlets on an upper level balcony?

I am planning on adding a outlet to a balcony that will be controlled by an existing switched light circuit. Since this would be the only outlet on this circuit - I'll be plugging in about 40 feet of rope-light - and it will be a waterproof box with an in-service cover, do I need to use a GFCI outlet?

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Old 02-06-05, 10:41 AM
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Hi Joe, I would install the Gfci in that situation for two reasons: 1 by your own admission you would be pluging the lights in(dampness and moisture is all it takes sometimes to get a tickle)
2 the cost of a GFCi recept is minimal for your safty or some one elses.
As we all know , you are installing this receptacle for a certain purpose, however somewhere down the road it will be used differently, by somone else. Perhaps a guest may plug a cell phone charger in ect. you can't predict what's going to happen.
Switching power to a GFCI recept. should be no problem either. Jay
 
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Old 02-06-05, 02:51 PM
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Yes, the code does require GFCI protection for receptacles on a balcony.
 
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Interesting.....

Our house was built in 1991. Several of the balconies have outlets but they are not on a GFCI. Has the code changed in that regard since we had it built?

Only the kitchen, baths and garage had GFCI's installed. Is it possible that the electrician fed all of the deck/balcony outlets from other protected circuits?
 
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Old 02-06-05, 09:13 PM
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GFCI receptacles provide GFCI protection, but not all receptacles with GFCI protection are GFCI receptacles (say that three times fast). Even in 1991, GFCI protection was required for outdoor receptacles, but it was common to put the GFCI receptacle that provided it in the garage.
 
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