Last edited by Cameron Fields; 04-10-2013 at 12:10 PM.
There's a lot of materials science that goes into the rules. Stock PVC drainage pipe is not rated for long-term external UV exposure. There are lots of ways to make pvc from the density (some pipe is specifically lighter - it has air bubbles inside), UV resistance, heat stability, and probably other things as well. What you do for yourself is one thing (although if there was any eventual property or personal damage/injury caused by it, your insurance company may refuse to pay up), what you do with others, even if you give them away is risky. Whether you believe it or not is irrelevant.
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I think you guys are off base.
Let's assume he has taken a common lamp holder and hung it from his makeshift post. I don't think it violates any code or law. People make custom lamps all the time using standard UL listed parts.
We all know that PVC DVW pipe is not intended for constant exposure to UV. His design and materials might not be the best choice, but don't see any law or code being broken.
How about people who have their yard lights installed on trees? I see that all the time, and don't think it's right. Is there a law against it?
There are several laws and codes are adopted into the law so they are laws, that come into play here. The post is being used to enclose the conductors that supply the bulb and this causes problems in and of itself.
Then there are the issues of the connections of the wiring method used to the lamp holder. This must be enclosed. If the post is over a certain height there must be a hand hole enclosure at the bottom.
The bottom line is the entire fixture and pole must be evaluated by a NRTL and it does not matter if you are installing them on your own property or not.
standards for light fixture construction. I don't think UL is in the business of listing luminaire "parts".
Mr. Fields, I'll put it to you bluntly: your fixtures are ugly trash, and illegal to install anywhere the NEC is in force, which is most of the U.S.A
Ugly trash is a matter of opinion, however I believe you are correct! like the commenter stated above I will contact NRTL later today to get my "homemade" product tested so that it has a chance to be legal. And that people won't have to worry if I am installing a hazard. Thank you all for your very descriptive opinions.Mr. Fields, I'll put it to you bluntly: your fixtures are ugly trash, and illegal to install anywhere the NEC is in force, which is most of the U.S.A
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