Old 06-29-08, 07:22 AM
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Does a lamp post need to be GFCI protected. Irunning 3 receptacles and a lamppost to my front yard....I know the 3 recpt's have to be GFCI protected...Thanks
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Old 06-29-08, 08:38 AM
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The lamp post would not be required to be GFI protected. Any receptacles, if wired, on the lamp post would be required to be protected.
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I rather have the lamp post be GFCI'ed for good reason

The cable i useally see they are buried 12 inch or less in some case

Second thing is that someone will use the lamppost for christmas deceration and use the socket adpepter to plug in christmas light.

That my moot point why I rather have them on GFCI.

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GFCI is commonly used on lamp posts, not primarily to protect the lamp itself, but to protect the cable leading to the lamp. Code allows a shallower burial depth for this cable if it is GFCI protected, and it's usually cheaper to provide the GFCI than the dig the trench deeper.

GFCI would also be required if the lamp manufacturer says so.

Regardless of the codes, as Marc says, GFCI is a good idea. But in some cases, it is not mandatory by code.

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