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#53491 - 06/26/05 11:13 PM Shower lights....  
cavo148  Offline
Joined: Jan 2004
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New Jersey
Does anyone place recessed shower lights on GFCI protection, ie., faceless GFCI's in the bathroom or is this overkill?
Thanks in advance,

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#53492 - 06/27/05 02:16 AM Re: Shower lights....  
e57  Offline
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Posts: 2,876
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.

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#53493 - 06/27/05 06:27 AM Re: Shower lights....  
Steve Miller  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 325
Loudoun Cty, VA
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 Re: Shower lights....  
luckyshadow  Offline
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Posts: 305
Maryland USA
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 Re: Shower lights....  
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#53496 - 06/27/05 07:13 PM Re: Shower lights....  
HLCbuild  Offline
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Posts: 209
Herndon,Va USA
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 Re: Shower lights....  
Electricmanscott  Offline
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Holden, MA USA
Ok I'll ask, Why?

#53498 - 06/27/05 10:29 PM Re: Shower lights....  
HLCbuild  Offline
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Herndon,Va USA
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 Re: Shower lights....  
Electricmanscott  Offline
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Holden, MA USA
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 Re: Shower lights....  
bucketman  Offline
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Posts: 72
vancouver WA, USA.
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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