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wet and damp location for led lights

Posted by tim45z10 (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 26, 12 at 20:44

These new led lights say wet or damp on the box. What is the difference? Is over the shower wet or damp?
Thank you for your help.

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RE: wet and damp location for led lights

Over the shower is "wet", because it may get splashed with water. "Damp" means moist or high humidity, as in a general lighting in a bathroom with a shower/tub but not directly over either, or outdoors but under an overhang protected from rain.

I think if you mean putting an LED light bulb in a recessed "shower light" with a sealed lens, as long as the bulb can be used in a fully enclosed fixture, you're ok. If you're talking LED modules with built-in trim, you'll need one approved for wet locations. The Commercial Electric that HD sells for 4" or 5"/6" cans (made by Halo i think) will work; the Cree 4" and 6" modules (sold as "Ecosmart" at HD) won't since they're damp only, which is too bad since they give off better quality light.

RE: wet and damp location for led lights

Thank you for your help. HD does have a 5" led for wet locations. unfortunately, the clearance in my attic is so close I dont want to risk trying this size.

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