View Full Version : certified electricians required for low lighting in the future?

07-09-2009, 04:17 PM
Is anyone hearing any rumors about a requirement that certified electricians may be required for low voltage lighting in the future?

I came across this same question on hardscapingconnection.com (http://hardscapingconnection.com)'s forum:


07-09-2009, 07:53 PM
I have heard that an electricians license is already required in many states. I asked my building inspector about it and he said that it is unnecessary as long as the low voltage lights plug into an outlet and are not hard wired.

DVS Hardscaper
07-09-2009, 07:59 PM
I can potentially see such a requirment. Frequently we install the transformers in basements. If someone splices a wire and the connection fails......a home could burn down.

You'd be amazed how many lawn jockeys have no clue how to work with wiring.

07-09-2009, 08:15 PM
This sorts thing almost passed here a few weeks ago, but luckily enough people fought it off. It said only electricians, landscape architects, and interior designers (WTF) could install LV Landscape lighting...BS.

AI Inc
07-10-2009, 06:21 AM
In a lot of states , ( mass / nh that I know of Im assuming more) it is already on the books, has been for yrs. It is not enforced.Here in NH we dealt with it on the irrigation end because of a situation that came up because of a scab installer. Irrigation asso of NE speant $5k to lobby and get it changed.

07-11-2009, 08:34 AM
You'd be amazed how many lawn jockeys have no clue how to work with wiring.

Right, right...and b/c people call themselves "hardscapers" they do it correctly. LOL:laugh:

Here in Jersey a license is required. Problem is trying to find an electrician that actually is willing to install them. In my experience it isn't easy.