GFCI on Bathroom Lights

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Old 01-05-06, 07:21 AM
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GFCI on Bathroom Lights

A recent thread has me second guessing something I thought was correct. If someone wouldn't mind, please set me straight on this:

2 bathrooms have receptacles on the same GFCI protected circuit (first recept). Bathroom 1's vanity lights, fan and shower light are on a separate lighting only circuit that also has a bedroom light/fan, hallway light and attic light. There is an AFCI Breaker on this circuit since it runs through a bedroom. Bathroom 2's light is on a different lighting only circuit with a utility room, foyer, living room, etc.

I know the outlets are legit and until now I thought the lights were as well. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Brad
 
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Old 01-05-06, 07:38 AM
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Everything sounds legit. Bathroom lights can be on any general purpose circuit.
 
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Old 01-05-06, 07:43 AM
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Brad,

The difference in the other thread is that their fan/light is being installed in the shower...thus the need for GFCI.
 
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Old 01-05-06, 08:04 AM
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Thanks a bunch for the replies.

There is a light in the shower, but not a fan/light. Where is the distinction made? Perhaps because of the motor in the fan or does the NEC actually say Fans in showers need GFCI but solo lights don't?
 
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Old 01-05-06, 09:49 AM
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Code says that fixtures over tubs and showers need GFCI if the fixture manufacturer says they do. So there's no universal rule. It depends on the fixture.
 
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Old 01-05-06, 09:58 AM
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Great. Thank you all very much for clearing this up for me.
 
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Old 01-05-06, 10:46 AM
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Disregard my earlier post...I may have caused some confusion...sorry about that. I misread your original post and missed where you said "shower light". I didn't mean to imply that a shower light followed one rule, whereas a shower light/fan would follow another.

 
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