Building Code Prohibition
The national Electric Code has been adopted in every US State.
Section 411.4(B) of the 2011 prohibits the installation of low voltage systems within 10 feet of any pool, spa or hot tub, unless specifically permitted by section 680 of the NEC.
What can I do?
Section 680.22(C) outlines the requirements for low voltage lighting used around a swimming pool. It does not describe any low voltage lighting fixtures or components that are not underwater illuminares.
Section NEC 680.23(A)(2) specifically discusses underwater illuminares.
Because low voltage lighting around the pool are not specifically defined (as required by NEC 411), they are still prohibited.
How do you install landscape lighting close to a pool and still remain safe & code compliant?
This is what experienced designers spend their time and talents developing.
There are "work arounds" (no, they do not include special transformers, plastic fixtures, high voltage lighting, or distant projector style illuminares).
Give us a call. We'll be happy to discuss your needs and to design a safe, compliant system for your project.
Paolo Benedetti - Aquatic Artist
"Creating water as art."™
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