Pool lighting & Fountain GFCI safety regulations

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Pool lighting & Fountain GFCI safety regulations

Fountains
680.51 Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures), Submersible Pumps, and Other Submersible Equipment.
(A) Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter. Fountain equipment, unless listed for operation at 15 volts or less and supplied by a transformer that complies with 680.23(A)(2), shall be protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter.

680.56 Cord-and-Plug-Connected Equipment for Fountains.
(A) Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter. All electrical equipment, including power-supply cords, shall be protected by ground-fault circuit interrupters

Swimming Pools – Permanent
680.22 Area Lighting, Receptacles, and Equipment.
(A) Receptacles.
(1) Circulation and Sanitation System, Location. Receptacles that provide power for water-pump motors or for other loads directly related to the circulation and sanitation system shall be located at least 10 ft from the inside walls of the pool, or not less than 5 ft from the inside walls of the pool and they must have GFCI protection.

(5) GFCI Protection. All 125V receptacles located within 20 ft of the inside walls of a pool or fountain shall be protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter. Receptacles that supply pool pump motors and that are rated 15 or 20 amperes, 120 volt through 240 volts, single phase, shall be provided with GFCI protection.

680.23 Underwater Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures).
This section covers all luminaires (lighting fixtures) installed below the normal water level of the pool.
(A) General.
(3) GFCI Protection, Relamping. A ground-fault circuit interrupter shall be installed in the branch circuit supplying luminaires operating at more than 15 volts.

680.27 Specialized Pool Equipment
(B) Electrically Operated Pool Covers.
(2) Protection. The electric motor and controller shall be connected to a circuit protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter.

Spas and Hot Tubs
680.43 Indoor Installations.
(A) Receptacles
(2) Protection, General. Receptacles rated 30 amperes or less at 125V and located within 10 ft of the inside walls of a spa or hot tub shall be protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter.
(3) Protection, Spa or Hot Tub Supply Receptacle. Receptacles that provide power for a spa or hot tub shall be ground-fault circuit-interrupter protected.

680.44 Protection.
The outlet that supplies a self-contained spa or hot tub, a packaged spa or hot tub equipment assembly, or a field-assembled spa or hot tub shall be protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter.

(A) Listed Units. GFCI protection is not required for a listed self-contained unit or listed packaged equipment assembly that includes integral ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for all electrical parts within the unit or assembly (pumps, air blowers, heaters, lights, controls, sanitizer generators, wiring, and so forth).

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