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dp149

02:29AM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 04/27/03
13 lifetime posts
I just bought a hampton bay light fixture and on the instructions it said something to the effect. Warning : Houses built prior to 1985 have a 60 degree C hot wire capacity and this fixture requires a hot wire capacity of 90 degrees C. COnsult an electrician if unsure.

Now I am no expert but I have installed many fixtures in my time and never seen this label. I have recently moved into a home built in 1974 and am wondering if I should put this new fixture up due to this warning.

Can anybody give me the details on what I need to check, if anything ?

Thanks

Tom O

02:37PM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
Actually, the label is there because it is required by a listing agency, such as Underwriters Laboratories.

From UL's General Information Directory, Incandescent Fixtures (IEZR)
"If the requireed rating of the field wiring exceeds 60C, the fixture is marked "for supply connections use wire rated for at least ----C""

Or "If the required supply wire rating is between 60 C and 90 C, the fixture is marked with the field wire temperature rating."

The safest thing to do would be to find a light fixture that is safe to use with 60 C wire.

Tom

[This message has been edited by Tom O (edited August 07, 2003).]



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