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    Wet light niche

    My light has been installed already in our new build but they did not run the bonding wire to the inside of the niche, they just ran the cord our of the niche and through one piece of conduit to get it above the water level. Can that be done and encapsulated with the proper potting compound if the niche is full of water?

    Also it appears there is a bonding lug on the outside of the niche also. Does the niche get bonded inside and out?


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    Re: Wet light niche

    If the conduit is PVC, then it gets a separate ground wire internally along with the 3M 2135 approved potting compound on the lug. I am not sure if you can apply this wet, but I would not. Externally, it needs a bonding wire.
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    Re: Wet light niche

    Quote Originally Posted by jmhjgh
    If the conduit is PVC, then it gets a separate ground wire internally along with the 3M 2135 approved potting compound on the lug. I am not sure if you can apply this wet, but I would not. Externally, it needs a bonding wire.
    Ok thanks for your response. So if I used copper conduit I would not have to run a separate internal ground wire? The water is not all the way over the light right now but it is about 3/4 the way up the light. Where does the separate internal ground wire terminate at if I do go that route? Does it connect to the ground at the junction with the other ground then go to the sub panel or does it go to the bonding grid? I know the 2 are separate but it does not say where it terminates in the book. I also have a friend of my brother in law that is a licensed electrician helping with the electrical but am wanting to clarify this before we do it this weekend.


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    Re: Wet light niche

    Another quick question. Is there a place locally that would sell the potting compound? Do pool stores, electrical stores, or big box stores usually carry it or would I have to order it online? I know you can't say who in my area would have it just asking where I should start looking. Also it says 3m 2135 or equivalent what would make a potting compound equivalent? Thanks!


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    Re: Wet light niche

    Is there a place locally that would sell the potting compound?

    We buy our potting compound at the electrical supply house. Most electrical inspectors in the our area want to see the ground in the niche and the compound installed.

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    Re: Wet light niche

    Quote Originally Posted by kyle11
    Quote Originally Posted by jmhjgh
    If the conduit is PVC, then it gets a separate ground wire internally along with the 3M 2135 approved potting compound on the lug. I am not sure if you can apply this wet, but I would not. Externally, it needs a bonding wire.
    Ok thanks for your response. So if I used copper conduit I would not have to run a separate internal ground wire? The water is not all the way over the light right now but it is about 3/4 the way up the light. Where does the separate internal ground wire terminate at if I do go that route? Does it connect to the ground at the junction with the other ground then go to the sub panel or does it go to the bonding grid? I know the 2 are separate but it does not say where it terminates in the book. I also have a friend of my brother in law that is a licensed electrician helping with the electrical but am wanting to clarify this before we do it this weekend.


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    Internal ground goes to lug inside light niche to ground bar in wet niche J-Box.

    There should be an external lug on both light niche and J-Box that you take a separate wire to the grid.

    Hope this helps,
    Chris

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    Re: Wet light niche

    Ok thanks Chris. That clears it up. Hopefully I will not have to drain any water. I read it takes 60 minutes to harden and 4 hours to be ready to submerge under water. I will call the local inspector and see what he wants to see regarding the light. Thanks again for clearing that up.


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    Re: Wet light niche

    Quick question on the water bond. When I bond the light niche on the outside that counts as the water bond that is suppose to be at least 9 sq in correct? I have no hand rails or ladders.


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    Re: Wet light niche

    Yes, the niche, if connected to the rebar is the water bond.
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    Re: Wet light niche

    I assume you mean Brass conduit not copper. No need for extra ground wire. Niche bonded to steel, brass bonded to steel and equipment bonded to steel or brass along with any metal within 5'. Local authority having jurisdiction of course.
    Plus you would have a heck of a time pulling a #8 ground in 3/4" brass. Or should I say a heck of time later pulling it out.

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    Re: Wet light niche

    Local electrical store had 3m 2136 potting compound. Looks the same, is it equivalent to 2135 and what's the difference?


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    Re: Wet light niche

    Quote Originally Posted by Just-a-PB
    I assume you mean Brass conduit not copper. No need for extra ground wire. Niche bonded to steel, brass bonded to steel and equipment bonded to steel or brass along with any metal within 5'. Local authority having jurisdiction of course.
    Plus you would have a heck of a time pulling a #8 ground in 3/4" brass. Or should I say a heck of time later pulling it out.

    Yes thanks. I think I just had copper on the brain from talking about the copper ground.


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