GE Authorized Industrial Solutions Distributor
Up to 600 amp lighting panels in stock, in nearly any configuration, assembled in-house. We can get your panels shipped in days instead of weeks. Take power panel innovation to the neXT level with GE Panelboards. ReliaGear® neXT features a modular, field-modifiable panel design and ABB's groundbreaking Tmax XT circuit breakers to simplify installation and servicing and enhance energy efficiency.
Lighting panelboards: small but powerful
There are two broad categories of panelboards: lighting and appliance panelboards, and power distribution panelboards. Lighting panelboards are essentially smaller power distribution panelboards. Still used throughout commercial and industrial lighting systems, lighting panelboards utilize bolt-on breakers and are usually rated between 200A and 800A. They are highly configurable to meet your application’s specific needs and requirements. Whether you’re looking for a main breaker or a main lug panelboard, lighting panelboards are field convertible so they can be changed from main breaker to main lug and vice versa. Available in a variety of sizes and configurations, lighting panelboards allow for multi-pole circuit arrangements and are fit to control all types of lighting systems from warehouses to commercial businesses and more.
Defining a lighting panelboard
How do you differentiate a lighting panelboard from a power distribution panelboard? In order to qualify as a lighting panelboard, it must have at least 10% or more of the breakers and fuses protecting lighting and appliance branch circuits. In other words, at least 10% or more of the circuit protection devices in the panelboard are rated at 30A or less. Lighting panelboards only allow for 42 circuits, and once that limit is exceeded, you’ll need two (or more) panelboards. It’s important to note the distinction between circuits and devices, meaning that a single 2-pole circuit breaker, though one device, counts as 2 circuits.
An important detail to note, however, is that this strict definition has since been removed from the NEC in 2008, and while there is no longer a textbook distinction between lighting and power distribution panels, these features and differences are still used colloquially to help categorize panelboards.
Reasons to choose Bay Power for your panelboard project
- Ready to Ship In Days Instead of Weeks
- GE Authorized Industrial Solutions Distributor
- Emergency Services Available
- Expedited Shipping Options
- Fully Assembled In-House
- Up to 600 amp In Stock
- 1 phase 120/240v up to 22k AIC
- 3 phase 120/208v up to 22k AIC
- 3 phase 480v up to 14k AIC
- Main Breaker or Main Lug
- Copper Busing
- Sub Feed Kits Available
- 18, 30, and 42 circuit in stock
- Nema 1 and Nema 3R
- Standard Doors and Door in Door
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