I am putting in some new lighting in my house, which is Aluminum Wired.
Are there special precautions I need to take here? I know I need
special outlets and switches when putting them in for Aluminum Wiring
but dunno if lighting is any different. The new ceiling fan I bought,
for example, says to make sure I wire in accordance with ANSI/NFPA 70,
but does not say anything special about Aluminum Wiring. Any ideas?
Lighting is usually spliced into the power using a wire nut which is not the
issue with Al. If the fixture used a screw terminal, then it needs to be
Cu/Al rated. You may want to use antioxidant paste in the nuts
You need to sure that the wire nuts are suitable for AL/CU wiring.
Aside from that nothing special. I don't know what prices are like in
your area, but plugs and switches here for aluminum are ridiculous, but
you can splice in new copper only switches and plugs using a copper
pigtail and above menteioned wire nuts. I've redone the entire house
this way on advice of relatives who are electricians and things are
better now, no need to run around the house annually tightening loose
connections and much less risk of fire.
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