At least I think it is. We typically rough in a couple of can lights over the tub but I have a homeowner that wants to have a hanging light instead. I assume I would have to GFI protect it but are there any other issues, e.g. damp location issues. Would the light have to be a particular style?
They also want a duplex receptacle and a coax outlet on the wall above the tub as well. Any issues there besides GFI protection?
I don't understand people sometimes. Ha ha...I told them to be sure and get a TV with a REAL short cord...
NEC 410.4(D) says 'NO' to the hanging light unless no part of it is less than 8' above the TOP of the tub. I doubt that you would have the ceiling height to pull that one off. I'd ask the AHJ if he would prohibit a receptacle based on NEC 406.8(C); the local interpretations vary. I like the GFCI idea, even if your local Codes don't require it. It looks better in court when this doofus gets a shock while in the tub. Some jurisdictions call for GFCI for nearly everything in the room.
Re: Strange Requests#100642 12/07/0611:23 AM12/07/0611:23 AM
This TV in the tub area is becoming very popular it seems. All receptacles in a bathroom are required to be GFCI protected. Receptacles are not allowed in the tub area. The code requires receptacles within five feet of a hydromassage tub be GFCI protected. (I suppose someone could install just a hydromassage tub in a room without a basin, thus the room not being defined as bathroom, and a special requirement for GFCI protection[680.71], but I've never seen that).
Tub area in regards to receptacles is not clearly defined in the code, so an interpretation is needed.