Why is Pass and Seymour launching a Self-test GFCI?
UL has issued major revisions to UL 943, the standard for GFCI safety that takes effect on June 29, 2015, including:
1. Auto-Monitoring or Self-Test Function: This function allows for periodic, automatic testing of the ability of the GFCI to respond to a ground fault. If the Self-Test function detects a problem, the GFCI must deny power or provide visual and/or audible indication.
2. Reverse line-load miswire function - repeated: If the line cable is wired to the load terminals of a receptacle GFCI, power to the receptacle face will be denied. This requirement applies to the initial installation and any subsequent re-installations.
To maintain UL certification, all manufacturers must meet these revisions with GFCIs produced after June 28, 2015. Legrand's new 1597/2097 Pass & Seymour Self-Test GFCI Receptacles meet these requirements.
Can I still use current P&S GFCI Receptacles?
The current P&S GFCI receptacles can no longer be produced after June 28, 2015 but can be sold by manufacturers and distributors and used by installers until their inventories are depleted.
What are the features/benefits of the new Pass & Seymour Self-Test GFCI?
Far surpassing 2015 UL safety standards, the new GFCI features our patented SafeLock Protection: if critical components are damaged and protection is lost, power to the receptacle will be disconnected. For more features/benefits, click here
Are all P&S GFCI models available with the self-test feature?
Not yet. The high-volume 15A and 20A models are now in stock. The remaining models, including PlugTail, Nightlight/GFCI and others will be in stock by April 2015.