new light fixture

Old 03-06-04, 07:09 PM
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new light fixture

I had two can lights in the master bathroom on the same switch, one over the bath tub area and the other in the shower. I removed the can over the tub and installed a Saf-T-Brace between the studs and put in an electrical box. I then installed a chandelier but I can not get it to work. Any ideas on what I did wrong? Also, does the new light need to be grounded?
By the way the old can light had a heat sensor could that have anything to do with it?
Old 03-06-04, 08:14 PM
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I don't think the NEC will let you install this type of fixture in a bathroom, but I will let others comment on this aspect. Perhaps if it is GFI protected, but again I'm not sure.
You MUST ground the fixture. Simply connect it to the same place the old can light was grounded (IF this installation is allowed.)
Old 03-06-04, 08:26 PM
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Thanks for your reply.....................It is GFI protected. I am not sure how the can light was grounded. I grounded the new fixture on the screw attached to the electrical box. Was this not what I should have done?
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I do not believe that you can install that kind of a light over a tub or shower. You will have to go back to a light similar to what was there.

Attaching to the electric box to procide a ground only works if the box is grounded.

If you tell us what wires are present that need to be attached, we can tell you how to connect them to the proper kind of light.
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I believe the old light was at the end of the circut since there were only two wires, one black and one white. The new light fixture has two black wires and one ground.
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I agree. The National Electrical Code doesn't allow this unless your bathroom ceiling is about 12 or 13 feet high. The lowest part of the chandelier must be at least 8 feet above the rim of the tub or shower stall threshold. For full details, go to your public library and read article 410.4(D) of the 2002 NEC.

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