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Tuesday, June 21, 2022


Hello Code Question of the Day.

Per 410.130(G) Our main issue here is the “quick disconnect means” please refer to Section 410.130 (G). All of our fixtures are grounded. We currently have an ongoing project lighting retrofit. Our issue is if this paragraph referred above also applies to “can lights” or “fluorescent fixtures” only that utilize double-ended lamps and have a ballast? So all of our fluorescent fixtures have been retrofitted with drivers, and all of our fluorescent fixtures (2x2s or 2x4s) already have a quick disconnect means, the existing can lights do not have them. The question is; is this paragraph also applicable to can type lights? Most of our old can lights were CFLs, and now they’re all retrofitted with LED can lights, 6” and 8”.

Please advise.

Tabile Guillermo



Hello Tabile,

Section 410.130 (G)(1) indicates that In indoor locations other than dwellings and associated accessory structures, fluorescent luminaires that utilize double-ended lamps and contain ballast(s) that can be serviced in place shall have a disconnecting means either internal or external to each luminaire. For existing installed luminaires without disconnecting means, at the time a ballast is replaced, a disconnecting means shall be installed. The line side terminals of the disconnecting means shall be guarded. The requirement applies to fluorescent luminaires that utilize double-ended lamps and contain ballast(s) that can be serviced in place and shall have a disconnecting means either internal or external to each luminaire. It does not apply to recessed can lights as indicated in your question. 

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