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Low-Voltage near Electrical ???
Posted 15 September 2004 - 01:07 AM
Can a wallbox for low-voltage wiring be in the same cavity as an electrical box if the low-voltage wiring run isn't parallel to the electrical wiring?
Posted 15 September 2004 - 07:34 AM
Posted 15 September 2004 - 08:08 AM
The general rule of thumb is to keep AC and low voltage separate (i.e. in its own electrical boxes).
Posted 15 September 2004 - 08:10 AM
Posted 15 September 2004 - 08:27 AM
I just wanted to make sure that the "keep 18inches away from electrical" warnings referred to parallel runs and not necessarily placement of the wallboxes.
Posted 15 September 2004 - 08:39 AM
Posted 15 September 2004 - 09:24 AM
I think that warning only matters if you use it for networking, as the interference would screw around with the data packets, so you would get slower speeds and more corrupted packets. But when using it for low voltage stuff, I can't imagine it being a big deal at all (again my opinion, and I am not an expert).
I am planning to run CAT5 for networking to that box.
Are you saying this shouldn't be done in this instance or it's ok as long as I stay away from parallel runs?
Posted 15 September 2004 - 11:02 AM
Posted 15 September 2004 - 01:41 PM
To clarify the comment LV and HV in the same box. With a limited exception that does not apply in this case, you CANNOT put LV and HV in the same box. you CAN mount them next to each other. In your case, probably the best thing to do is to add one of these to the existing electrical box. Then when you install the receptacles and the cover plate, all the wires come to one place, instead of electrical and antenna/phone/cable heading in different directions. Makes for a very nice appearance, which translates into good WAF.
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