overhead shower light


Old 06-05-06, 09:21 AM
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overhead shower light

An existing shower stall in the master bathroom has an enclosed overhead light. The switch is just outside the door of the shower stall and is not GFCI protected.

1) Is the switch location OK?
2) Does the switch have to be GFCI protected? If so, can I tap into the dedicated circuit for a whirlpool tub (that circuit has a GFCI breaker)?

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Old 06-05-06, 09:50 AM
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1. Legally yes. In reality, possibly not.

2. Most lights over showers require GFCI protection, but the devil is in the details. I would certainly GFCI protect the circuit, even if it did not have to be. And, since I was GFCI protecting the circuit, I would place the GFCI protection BEFORE the switch.

You probably cannot tap the circuit for the tub. My suggestion is that you install a GFCI switch.
Old 06-05-06, 08:19 PM
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Lights above 7 ft. don't need GFI, However in this situation..
With the switch so near the water, I would most definatly GFI the ckt.

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