Saw at the orange box some light fixtures (marketed by Westinghouse, made in Taiwan) that enclose the light bulb inside a glass globe, and also have a pull chain power switch. As I have heard, the bare light bulb pull chain fixtures are no longer acceptable for use in closets (seems that fires have happened when a box or something on a shelf falls off a little and ends up resting against the 100 watt bulb that was left on). But the globe should prevent that, also prevent broken light bulb fragments from getting all over the clothes. I've seen new closets with such fixtures controlled by light switches mounted in the wall just outside the closet. But is it acceptable to use the enclosed fixtures that come with a pull chain to replace the bare bulb pull chain fixtures?
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Part of the answer to your question will also come from local ordinance. I infer from your question that the closet luminaire with the bare bulb is installed in an existing dwelling. The NEC only covers new wiring, and doesn't directly apply.
In my part of the country, I'll see the bare bulb fixture installed in closets of homes built in the Sixties and before. Local ordinance requires that any such closet light be at minimum replaced with a fish bowl enclosed surface mounted luminaire (in most cases, the luminaire you saw at the orange box is perfect). However, the requirement to replace the bare bulb unit is only required when the service center is replaced or increased in ampacity.
Bottom line. . .I'm certain I'll be installing that pullchain fish bowl, a few at a time, until I die.
Re: Pull chain fixtures (with glass globes over the bulb) good for closets?#88589 06/29/0412:11 PM06/29/0412:11 PM
I agree with the the previous replies regarding the legality of the fixture you're thinking of using. Have you considered installing an under cabinet style fluorescent light directly above the door on the wall/header. It really adds a margin of safety and usually gets you much better lighting,especially in tight quarters.
Re: Pull chain fixtures (with glass globes over the bulb) good for closets?#88591 06/29/0404:55 PM06/29/0404:55 PM