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What is the maximum weight of ceiling lighting fixture that

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What is the maximum weight of ceiling lighting fixture that can be installed without using a supplemental safety cable?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Sir Sparks replied 6 years ago.

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Beow is the only NEC reference to this;

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D) Boxes at Ceiling-Suspended (Paddle) Fan Outlets. Outlet boxes or outlet box systems used as the sole support of a ceiling-suspended (paddle) fan shall be listed, shall be marked by their manufacturer as suitable for this purpose, and shall not support ceiling-suspended (paddle) fans that weigh more than 32 kg (70 lb). For outlet boxes or outlet box systems designed to support ceiling-suspended (paddle) fans that weigh more than 16 kg (35 lb), the required marking shall include the maximum weight to be supported.

Expert:  Sir Sparks replied 6 years ago.
So a safety chain would be a matter of personal choice or manufacturers requirement.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Your answer addressed ceiling fans not lighting fixtures. Is there any requirement to provide a safety cable for a lighting fixture if it weighs over a certain amount?

Expert:  Sir Sparks replied 6 years ago.

I can find no reference to this in the NEC. I shall pass your question to an electrical inspector but as I say I find no reference except to ceiling fans. Although I am sure manufacturers will have their own safety requirements in which case you will be obliged to follow them.

 

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Edited by Sir Sparks on 11/15/2010 at 5:08 PM EST
Expert:  Sir Sparks replied 6 years ago.
I have been informed by the inspector that the NEC code for paddle fans would apply to other ceiling fixtures too. Thank you for your accept.