National Electrical Installation Standards

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Re: CQD answer published Monday, September 3, 2018 -Swimming Pool Lighting

Charlie, here is some additional information about pools and hot tubs.

The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)




Hey Tammy thanks for sharing that great resource. The Model Aquatic Health Code does not apply to pools or hot tubs/spas in people’s homes or backyards. It also might not be adopted in your area but does have a lot of valuable information including lighting in 4.6.1.

The MAHC is a free, science-based resource to improve health and safety in Public swimming pools, Pools and hot tubs/spas in hotels, apartment complexes, and neighborhoods, Waterparks

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