(1)Every luminaire installed in a clothes closet shall be located on the ceiling or on the front wall above the door of the closet .......etc (2)Lampholders and luminaires or the pendant or suspended type, and lampholders and luminaires of the bare lamp type shall not be installed in clothes closets.
I believe they are usually some type of sealed/covered fixture to minimize the fire hazard. (with so many combustable objects crammed in a closet.)
i have used a compact fluorescent fixtures that i get from Torbram in Nanaimo and they work well and are made for clothes closets.The fixture has a clear cover that is screwed on to the base.I'll try and find the manufactures name.
Basically, any fixed luminaire is approved for a closet as long as it has a guard in place to prevent anything from coming into contact with a hot bulb and starting a fire. Even a keyless fixture with the wire or plastic cage around it will work.
Don't install a keyless fixture with a wire guard in Victoria as it will not keep hot metal filaments from falling on combustible material in closets should a bulb break. Don't locate pot lights over shelves either. We don't accept the wire guard as enough protection for the bulb. or the clothes stored there. A wire guard may not prevent the clothes from contacting the bulb either.
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Pot lights offer protection a wire guard cannot but if the pots are located above a shelf we would require a covered trim like for a shower without the gasket. Wire guards are not considered adequate as they don't contain the hot metal ejected from a burning bulb if it is shattered. It also doesn't prevent clothing from contacting the bulb. A fluorescent fixture is also not usable if the only protection for the bulb is a wire guard. Add a low temperature sleeve and a wire guard then you are good to go with a fluorescent strip. Most closet fixtures here tend to be the cheap marine fixtures, Rab Jam jars, flush fixtures with a glass shade but no keyless or pendants with or without a cage.