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    Electrician

    Can you tag out a light switch to fix a lighting fixture in a room?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yucatan4 View Post
    Can you tag out a light switch to fix a lighting fixture in a room?
    You can "tag it out", I suppose, but what is missing is the "lock out" part of the Lock Out/Tag Out combination.

    Even if it was in my sight the whole time, I would not feel comfortable working on the fixture unless I could figure out a way to at least lock the switch against casual operation.
    If the work is covered by OSHA, no way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldDigger View Post
    You can "tag it out", I suppose, but what is missing is the "lock out" part of the Lock Out/Tag Out combination.

    Even if it was in my sight the whole time, I would not feel comfortable working on the fixture unless I could figure out a way to at least lock the switch against casual operation.
    If the work is covered by OSHA, no way!
    GIYF; see here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    GIYF; see here.
    Nice. And the locked cover covers the screws that attach it.
    No help for Decora or other odd style switches, and maybe a pain to attach as needed, but it does seem to satisfy the rules and be practical.

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    Turning off the switch does not assure that the wires in the light-fixture box are off. It's likely that one will remain hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drcampbell View Post
    Turning off the switch does not assure that the wires in the light-fixture box are off. It's likely that one will remain hot.

    Such as when the switch is on a switch leg from a powered box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldDigger View Post

    Such as when the switch is on a switch leg from a powered box.
    Or a constant hot for an EM fixture. Supposed to be an indicator but stuff happens...

    And fixtures can be raceways at times so....it’s a bit of fun at times opening wiring sections.
    "Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


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    If the toggle switch is within sight how is this any different than a toggle switch being used as a disconnecting means for a piece of equipment?
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    All responses based on the 2014 NEC unless otherwise noted

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    Um, because it doesn't necessarily disconnect? (see above)

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    Here is an OSHA interpretation letter on the subject.
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