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Illustrated Changes to the NEC, 2005 Edition - Part 2

Article 410

Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures), Lampholders, and Lamps

410.4 Luminaires in Specific Locations

Part II. Luminaire Locations

The text was modified to clarify the types of luminaires not permitted within 3 ft horizontally and 8 ft vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall. And new rule requires luminaires in bathtub or shower zone to be listed for damp locations, or listed for wet locations where subject to shower spray.

(D) Above Bathtubs. No part of chain-, cable-, or cord luminaires, track lighting, or ceiling paddle fans is permitted to be located within 3 ft horizontally and 8 ft vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold (bathtub/shower luminaire zone). Figure 410-2

Author’s Comment: The 3 ft by 8 ft bathtub/shower luminaire zone does not apply to recessed or surface mounted luminaires, switches, or receptacles. See 404.4 for switch requirements and 406.8(C) for receptacle requirements. Figure 410-3

Luminaires located in bathtub and shower zone must be listed for damp locations, or listed for wet locations where subject to shower spray.


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