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Old 02-17-03, 07:59 AM
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Question electrical wiring

I am trying to put a light up in a new closet I have built. The light fixture has a white and black wire and a screw for the ground wire. The Wire I am using was sold to me at Home Depot and is essentially a household extension cord with a Male end(3 prong) and I have removed the female end. My question is: the guy who sold me this cord explained that the ribbed wire was? I think the wire up the middle Green is the Ground? The ribbed wire is what? the smooth wire is what?
 
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Old 02-17-03, 08:18 AM
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The ribbed wire is the white one, but, that wire is not rated for direct connection. It came with a plug it needs to be used with a recept.
 
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You are not allowed to put t light in a closet unless the light is protected by a cage to prevent someone from breaking the bulb.
 
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In addition to the other valid cautions that have just been given to you, there are severe clearance requirements for lighting fixtures in closets (as well there should be considering that there is a lot of combustible material in there). For incandescent fixtures, there must be at least 12" from the edge of the fixture to the nearest storage area. For fluorescents, that number is 6". For all but walk-in closets, this normally restricts you to a fluorescent fixture mounted on the wall above the door.
 
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Unless you have 9' ceilings...
 
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I know that was just a joke, but in fact 9-foot ceilings wouldn't help. The 12" is measured from the edge of the fixture to the nearest edge of the shelf, as projected up to the ceiling. That is, the code assumes that you're going to stack that shelf to the ceiling, no matter how high the ceiling is.
 
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Will a totally enclosed fixture (i.e. shower recessed light) work?
If I'm understanding the code correctly then none of the closets in my house can have a light (they are only 20" deep, and the top shelf (only one) is 16" wide. The shelf is almost as wide as the closet. The light is on the ceiling... and they are all totally encloset lights. I guess theoretically you could stack that closet all the way up, but then you could never get anything back out again.
But yes, the first post was a joke...
 
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You could go with one of those battery operated lights that you tap to turn on. They are not regulated by NEC and you could put them almost anywhere.
 
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