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Chandelier over bath tub

Posted by av8r (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 6, 07 at 8:40

Can you install a fixture like a chandelier over a bath tub if it is on a gfi circuit? (out of gfi recep to switch and then to light?) Thanks in advance.


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RE: Chandelier over bath tub

Do they make waterproof chandeliers? If they do then I guess you could do it.


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Pendant lights are not allowed less than 8 feet above a tub.


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Is the 8 feet from the top of the tub or the floor? Does it need to be GFI protected?


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it's 8 ft from the TOP of the tub.


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The 8' is from the top of the tub to the bottom of the light fixture, and no, if it meets these clearances it does not require GFI protection.


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If its on a GFI can it be less than 8 feet from the top of the tub? Most magazine pictures show it less than 8 feet. Looking for clarification, if I install 8 feet above top of tub its basically at the ceiling.


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"If its on a GFI can it be less than 8 feet from the top of the tub?"

No.

The danger besides simple electrocution is broken glass from water contacting a hot bulb.

Magazines do not have to pass an NEC inspection for staged photos.


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thanks, what if I move the chandelier to the center of the room away from the tub. What codes apply in that case? Thanks for your time.


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Brickeyee is correct, you may install a light fixture over the tub, but it should be an approved light fixture like the type installed in a shower stall.

The chandelier must be entirely 3' away from the rim of the tub if it's less than 8' above it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Naples, Florida Home Inspector


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I appreciate the feedback. Needed the parameters to work with. I will install per the code, don't need or want someone getting hurt or worse.


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