(Also posted at IAEI Board)
Through a previous discussion, it was established that there is nothing in the code prohibiting wall sconces on the walls directly above Bathtubs. (No height requirement) Is this an oversight?? -
" 410-4(d) Bathtub and Shower Areas. No parts of cord connected fixtures, hanging fixtures, lighting track, pendants, or ceiling-suspended (paddle) fans shall be located within a zone measured 3 ft (914 mm) horizontally and 8 ft (2.44 m) vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold. This zone is all encompassing and includes the zone directly over the tub or shower stall. "
It seems to me that this is a mistake and should be promptly rectified. The Zone is laid out which includes the walls, (but does not mention them?) I would suggest that a proposal be made to remove the descriptions of various fixture types and be replaced simply with "surface-mounted" fixtures. - Any seconds?
Anyway, it also seems that Hydromassage bathtubs fall into the same category - having no prohibitive rules regarding Fixtures in this area. Why are the rules for Hot Tubs so much stricter when it comes to Fixtures - with a zone of 5 ft away and 7 1/2 ft above maximum water level? What makes them so different from Bathtubs and Hydromassage tubs?