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    GFCI Breakers on Parking Lot Lighting Issue

    I'm having an issue with GFCI breakers supplying parking lot light poles. Two 230V HID lighting circuits in the same conduit feed through a lighting contactor controlled by a time clock. Servicing the pole lights I over-rode the time clock and turn the lights on. When I de-energize one circuit to service the lights and re-enenergize it, it either trips that breaker instantly or trips the other GFCI breaker and vise versa with the other circuit. Now if I drop the contactor out and reset the breakers then turn the contactor on they hold. So I believe I have some type of inductance kick back or something causing this issue. Are GFCI breakers required on Parking lot pole lights?

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    Are GFCI breakers required on Parking lot pole lights?
    Not that I know of. But even so, if this recently started I would want to know why.

    -Hal

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      #3
      Originally posted by hbiss View Post

      Not that I know of. But even so, if this recently started I would want to know why.

      -Hal
      I'm not sure if this recently started or not we were just the swaping out some lamps and noticed it when we re-energized the circuits. I'm pretty well convinced it some type goofy inductance thing. I was just wonder if anyone else has seen a similar issue.

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        #4
        GFCI breakers do have a conductor length limitation I assume to eliminate that kind of problem.

        -Hal

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          #5
          Shared neutral?
          Master Electrician
          Electrical Contractor
          Richmond, VA

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