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Can a product be designed to be installed completely hidden inside of an electrical box?

Question asked by benterwin on Mar 22, 2019
Latest reply on Mar 31, 2019 by matthermanson

Can a product be designed to be installed completely hidden inside of an electrical box? Maximum draw 200mA. Communicates via Bluetooth and WiFi. Would this violate any existing NEC or NFPA rule? 

 

Use case: user does not want a product that is plugged into a regular electrical socket because of one or more of the following reasons:

1) There are no electrical outlets in the area (e.g. hallways in certain types of commercial buildings where it is not required to have outlets).

2) A product designed to be plugged into the socket will stick out from the wall even a little bit and ruin the look of the space (design and architecture is important).

3) A product designed to be plugged into the socket can be unplugged by someone walking by (public/commercial space).

4) Taking up an outlet plug is undesirable as they need to be free for other equipment.

 

There are existing electrical fixtures, e.g. light sconces on the wall. Can we make a product that connects to the existing wire nuts inside the electrical box behind the sconces? (Sconces are just an example, could be any electrical fixture)

 

See crude sketch attached.

 

Thanks!

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