Closet Lighting

mike_kaiser_gwMarch 24, 2010

I need a little clarification with regard to closet lighting and the 2008 NEC. It's a walk-in closet with shelving/clothing rods running perpendicular to the door along the walls of the closet. The ideal location for lighting would be above the door.

Looking around the Internet I've seen references for 12" as the closest an incandescent, surface mount, enclosed, fixture can be to the shelf. I also saw a reference for 24" from the clothing rod but it was an municipal website which might have a different interpretation of the code.

Can anyone provide some clarification?


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Ron Natalie

Well your AHJ is the final determining factor.

The completely closed incandescent luminare must be 12" from the nearest storage space. Now here you are confused probably is that you have to look at the definition of storage space in 410.2 which defines (among other things) as 12" to either side of the rod. Add the 12" from the rod to the 12" from the luminare and you get 24"

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 8:13AM
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