Closet Lighting

Old 07-14-04, 06:51 PM
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Closet Lighting

Can you use recessed lighting in a closet? Does the NEC require that closet lights have covers?

Old 07-14-04, 07:10 PM
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Because closets are full of easily combustible materials, the electrical code has very restrictive rules about lighting in closets. Recessed lights are not only allowed in closets, they are generally a good idea and the rules for recessed fixtures are more lax than for surface mount fixtures. The edge of the recessed fixture must be at least 6 inches (measured horizontally only, ignoring the vertical measurement) from the edge of any closet shelf. The downside is that a recessed fixture doesn't spread the light around as well as a surface mount fixture, so dark spots are more likely.

Because they burn cool, fluorescent fixtures are also good ideas for closets.

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