UL rating for bathroom lights?

nv178177July 16, 2009

I found my dream sconce for above my vanity area that is approx. 70" from the showerhead. It is NOT UL approved for a bathroom according to the manufacturer. The store I purchased it from said that is only because it has a fabric shade on it. Really? I've seen a lot of lights with fabric shades.

Anyway, is this safe? What is the worst case scenario?

Restoration Hardware has a similar light listed under their bathroom lighting section, but when I called and asked them if it was UL approved for moist areas, they said they didn't have that info available and sent my request to a product researcher.

Can I use my dream non-UL approved light?

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A sconce with a fabric shade in a bathroom? OK

It is highly unlikely that any lamp with a fabric shade will have a damp rated approval from UL.

If your bathroom experiences high levels of humidity, I would not purchase the lamp. Why take the chance?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 10:06PM
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There is no special UL listing for bathroom lights, other than "wet" location designation for inside showers.
Your shade may not stand up to the moisture in the room,depending on the humidity level, but it will be safe,and approved

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 11:43AM
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