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What is the code for a light fixture above a tub

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What is the code for a light fixture above a tub?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Inactive replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for asking your question on Just Answer. My name is Joseph, "The Electric Doctor". Before we begin, can you give me more background on this?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
What do you need?
Expert:  Inactive replied 7 years ago.
Basically what you need to do is install a recessed light with a weather proof baffle. Any other kind of light fixture is not going to be rated for use above a bath tub.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
You can put a fixture above the tub as long as it is a certain distance above the waterline. I've done it before.
Expert:  Inactive replied 7 years ago.
There really isn't a height requirement - but it does need to be water tight rated. You cant just slap any old light up. That is why I said you should use a recessed light with a water proof baffle.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Sorry, but you CAN slap a chandelier above a tub- it just has to be 6' or 6' 6" above the waterline- that was what I was trying to find out.


Check your codes.

Expert:  Inactive replied 7 years ago.
Are we talking about bath tubs here or a pool? And if you have a code reference to back up your claim let me have it so I can reference it against what I have.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Expert:  Inactive replied 7 years ago.
Ok just because you found that picture on the internet does not make the install legal or correct. Here is exactly what the code says about what you want to do.

410.10(D) Bathtub and Shower Areas. No parts of cord connected
luminaires, chain-, cable-, or cord-suspended luminaires,
lighting track, pendants, or ceiling-suspended
(paddle) fans shall be located within a zone measured
900 mm (3 ft) horizontally and 2.5 m (8 ft) vertically from
the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold. This
zone is all encompassing and includes the space directly
over the tub or shower stall. Luminaires located within the
actual outside dimension of the bathtub or shower to a
height of 2.5 m (8 ft) vertically from the top of the bathtub
rim or shower threshold shall be marked for damp locations,
or marked for wet locations where subject to shower
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you- that's much better!!!

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