Wiring Rules changes — new requirements for pool area installations and recessed luminaires
New requirements for recessed luminaires and pool area installations will soon come into play, with the updated Australian Standard AS/NZS 3000 (the Wiring Rules) due to be published in early 2018.
Changes relating to pool area installations will include new requirements for bonding arrangements and the location of electrical equipment. For example, the update will include a new condition requiring all conductive pool structures to be bonded to the installation earthing system, regardless of other requirements specified in the standard.
The new edition will also include a diagram depicting an example of bonding arrangements for pools and spas.
The section of the standard relating to recessed luminaires has reportedly been rewritten to make it easier to understand. Recessed luminaires will also have new classifications: for instance, luminaires will require markings indicating whether they can be installed against, or covered with, thermal insulation.
The new edition will also include ancillary equipment such as drivers and transformers. To help explain this approach, the new edition will include a series of drawings and tables that explain each classification and location where luminaires can be installed.
The requirement prohibiting switchboards being located in any classified zone still exists, with the scope of this requirement being extended to electrical generating systems.
Worksafe Queensland has created a video outlining the changes:
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