closet light - code question


Old 09-04-04, 10:43 AM
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closet light - code question


I can't quite remember - I'd like to put a flourscent light in the closet, would prefer an exposed bulb, surface mount. I know this has to be 6" from storage, no problem there. Can the bulb be exposed w/surface mount, or do I have to get an enclosed bulb? Thanks!
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Old 09-04-04, 02:42 PM
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Incandescent bulbs must be enclosed.
Fluorescent bulbs need not be.
Old 09-05-04, 08:46 PM
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thanks john
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Out of curiosity, does anyone know where code stands on use of surface-mounted compact fluorescents in the closet? Does code differentiate between compact fluorescents (the ones that look like normal incandescent lamps) and normal (i.e. 18" tube) ones? The only thing I can think of is that if you are going to place a compact fluorescent in a keyless lampholder on the ceiling, it may invite someone in the future to replace it with an incandescent lamp.
Old 09-06-04, 05:28 AM
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The code refers to the fixture, they don't care what lamp you put in it. If it is a fixture specifically designed for a compact fluorescent then its fine. If it's an incandescent fixture, like a keyless, with a CF bulb then it's illegal.

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