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#53491 06/26/05 11:13 PM
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cavo148 Offline OP
Does anyone place recessed shower lights on GFCI protection, ie., faceless GFCI's in the bathroom or is this overkill?
Thanks in advance,

#53492 06/27/05 02:16 AM
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Sometimes I am required to... Not code, but with lower cielings, I have a few Inspectors request it. I do it... Although I can easily say no.

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
#53493 06/27/05 06:27 AM
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I did it a few times. Not code but simply because the switch was in the same box as the GFI recep. Since it was a dedicated circuit, it was easier to do it this way then run a separate light feed and it made no sense to have the option there and not use it. Never had any nuisence tripping.

#53494 06/27/05 08:34 AM
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When I wired my house I placed the shower recessed on the GFI. Just because I thought it to be a good idea. Just don't forget this when you think the bulb is blown. Might just be a tripped GFI. (Been There Done That)

(edited for spelling)

[This message has been edited by luckyshadow (edited 06-27-2005).]

#53495 06/27/05 05:43 PM
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#53496 06/27/05 07:13 PM
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sometimes...if it is more convenient. We always do when it is a fan/light combination unit as they usually require gfi protection

#53497 06/27/05 08:53 PM
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Ok I'll ask, Why?

#53498 06/27/05 10:29 PM
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on fan/lights the manufacturers instructions usually say they are rated to be used above the shower if they are GFI protected. I've seen this in both the Nutone and the Panasonic fan/lights

#53499 06/29/05 06:45 PM
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HLC the original question was about light fixtures (not fans) and I was just curious as to why people gfci them in this situation. I susupect the answer would be something like "it seems like a good idea".

#53500 06/29/05 10:56 PM
Joined: Oct 2004
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I looked at luminaires in or near bathtubs
and read three progressively safer installations starting @ 410.4d 550.14d 551.53b

now my quesion is why is a perminet building shower or tub different then a portable one.
why not just gfi and gasketed type encloser everthing.

I also looked at spa & hot tub in 680 installations and it calls for gfi and encloser under 7.6

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