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In a commercial Building (a hanger I'm working on) How close can lights or other things be to the sprinkler head? is there a distance below or horizontally? I've heard 18" but it seems like directly below would allow the head to spray out better. Whats the fire code on this?


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I believe it's 18"

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Per 2002 NFPA 13 (the sprinkler code) Table 8.3.2.5(c), 0-250 W light fixture requires a minimum distance of 6 inches from ordinary-temperature sprinklers, and 3 inches from intermediate-temperature sprinklers. Also, 250-499 W fixtures require a clearance of 12 and 6 inches respectively.

Any fixture within the spray pattern would have to be considered in the design by the engineer or certified installer to allow full coverage despite the obstruction.


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The title of Table 8.3.2.5(c) is: Ratings of Sprinklers in Specified Residential Areas. In other than residential situations, 8.3.2.5 requires the sprinkler head temperature rating to be adjusted. Item (6) requires: Sprinklers in unventilated show windows having high-powered electric lights near the ceiling shall be of the intermediate-temperature classification.
To get an answer to your question, you will have to consult the sprinkler engineer or installer.


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