Occ Sensor Control Wiring in same conduit with 277 volt lighting circuit?

Lbartowski

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I understand that if it's 0-10v dimming circuit, it's considered class 1, and needs to be separate from power conductors....but how about the "low voltage" control conductors going to an occupancy sensor?
 

Lbartowski

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MN
Sorry....for clarification...I believe the 0-10v dimming conductors are considered class 2 circuits. My previous post said class 1.
 

infinity

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The LV occupancy sensors that we install are Class 2 so their conductors cannot go in the same raceway as the power conductors. Some 0-10 volt lighting control can be reclassified as Class 1 and occupy the same raceway as the power conductors.
 

infinity

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You can put low voltage wiring in the same condiut as power conductors as long as the low voltage wiring is rated for 600V (i.e. you could use some #14 THHN)

That's a common misconception, Class 2 circuits that cannot be reclassified as Class 1 cannot be in the same raceway regardless of the voltage rating of the conductors.
 

GoldDigger

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...unless it's in luminaire cable! I wonder how that is acceptable?
That is acceptable because of the separate jacket around the Class 2 conductors.
The argument is similar to the argument that two sets of wires, each inside their own EMT or Smurf tube, do not create a violation when those two raceways are run through a common enclosing raceway.

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Lbartowski

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Right, but is luminaire cable really 2 separate raceways just because the control cable is jacketed? That logic would seem to allow me to pull a jacketed control cable (like an 18/3) within an EMT with 277 volt circuits then right?
 

GoldDigger

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Right, but is luminaire cable really 2 separate raceways just because the control cable is jacketed? That logic would seem to allow me to pull a jacketed control cable (like an 18/3) within an EMT with 277 volt circuits then right?
Right. If the control cable is a self-contained wiring method that does not require a raceway, it should be able to share the enclosing raceway. But without the explicit UL listing that luminaire cable has, an inspector may not agree.
 
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