Low Voltage Lighting is prohibited by law from being adjacent to a swimming pool or spa.
The National Electric Code is the law across the United States.
2011 NEC Section 411.4(B) prohibits the low voltage systems within 10 feet of any pool, spa or hot tub, unless it is specifically permitted by section 680 of the NEC.
What can I do?
NEC 680.22(C) defines the requirements for low voltage lighting. It does not specifically describe low voltage lighting fixtures or components that are not underwater light fixtures.
NEC 680.23(A)(2) specifically discusses underwater illuminares, and does not make any mention of illuminares that are out of the water.
Because low voltage lighting out of the water around the pool are not specifically defined anywhere in Section 680 (as required by NEC 411), they are still prohibited.
So, How do you provide accent lighting around a pool?
Utilize innovative concepts and methods.
I have developed some compliant "work arounds," that are 100% compliant with the NEC.
Call me. I'd be happy to design a system that is code compliant for your project.
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