Pop Up Outlet Requirements to Meet NEC Code 406.5E for Countertops

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If you are thinking about installing a pop up outlet in your countertop, make sure that the pop up you are purchasing will pass code for installation in countertops. There are specific requirements that the product must meet in the USA and Canada.

The entire unit (not just the outlet) must be UL or ETL listed as a pop-up assembly

The pop up outlet needs to have the UL or ETL listing on the unit. If you were to look up that listing number, you would need to see that the listing states that it is for a pop-up assembly. This means that the unit as a whole, has been approved. Sometimes you will see pop ups that state that they are UL listed, but it is actually just the outlet they are referencing.

Tamper proof plugs

The plugs in the outlet need to be tamper resistant to pass code. This ensures that no objects can enter the sockets and cause electrocution.

Must pass UL’s countertop spill test requirement

NEC has designed a series of spill tests that allow the pop up to meet either 2014, or 2017 NEC Code 406.5E. The 2014 version must pass an 8oz spill test, the 2017 version must pass a ½ gallon spill test. The pop up must pass one of the below UL spill tests to be certified. *Check with your electrician to see what requirements are needed to meet your state and local code. 

2017 NEC Code 406.5E

-UL 111
-UL 498
-UL 943

2014 NEC Code 406.5E

-UL 962
-UL 962A
-UL 1286
-UL 1363

The pop up needs to be GFCI protected

If the pop up is hardwired and does not have a GFI outlet, it needs to be connected to a GFCI circuit.  This is typically done by tapping off of a GFI outlet, or installing a GFI switch in the panel that protects everything on that line.

If the pop up is a corded plug model and does not have a GFI outlet, it needs to be connected to a GFCI circuit.  This is typically done by plugging in the cord to a GFI outlet, or an outlet that is on a GFCI circuit.  The outlet that the pop up connects to in your cabinets needs to be accessible to pass code.  Accessible means that you have easy access to the outlet with your hands. Meaning that you simply can open a door or remove a drawer, and gain access to the outlet.

If installing in Canada there are two additional requirements that need to be met

1.You are required to have a 20A outlet in the pop up

2.The unit needs to be c-UL or c-ETL listed, as well as CSA approved.

Check your local code before ordering
Code for countertop outlet enforcement varies from state to state, and even down to the county they are being installed in. As always, we recommend consulting with your local inspector and electrician to see what is required of your specific kitchen before remodeling, or building your new home.

Purchase a pop up approved for countertops
At KitchenPowerPopUps.com, we only sell pop up power outlets that are approved for use in countertops and wet locations in the USA and Canada. They meet all required codes for USA installations, and cUL and CSA approved for Canadian installations. They can be installed in wood, granite, marble, quartz, or any stone surface.

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