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NEC 314.29, problems with inspectors not allowing downlights in drywall ceilings without access panels at each fixture.

Question asked by ritaguest on Sep 13, 2018
Latest reply on Sep 20, 2018 by ritaguest

With the adoption of the new NEC code, inspectors are shutting down projects with LED downlights in drywall ceilings, saying you have to be able to put two hands up in the fixtures at one time or add an access panel for each downlight.  

 

Is that the intent of section 410.24?  If yes, why?  None of the manufacturers we've talked to have been alerted to this change.  They say the wiring is accessible by removing trim and pulling down the fixture to access the wiring.  The inspector says that is not allowed, instead you need a huge fixture so someone can put two hands into it and access the wiring.  

 

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