Low voltage in the shower?


Old 03-12-08, 07:56 PM
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Low voltage in the shower?

My electrician tells me I can't have electrical stuff within 3 feet of a shower threshold, but I don't know if that includes low voltage power?

I want to put a small gas fireplace in a large shower area, but the unit I want to use has electronic ignition, so my electrician says he can't put it in the shower.

The fireplace also has an optional low voltage LED light option, but I guess I could do without that if I had to. But the electronic ignition isn't optional.

Anybody know? Thanks.

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Old 03-12-08, 08:16 PM
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The voltage required for electricity to jump across an air gap, to create a spark, isn't exactly low voltage!
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Two words low or high voltage=vacuum switch. Ask yer sparky about that.
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I like these threads. They're scary.

Even with a gas pilot, bad idea, sorry. The climate in a bathroom will destroy that appliance, for one (two).

Also, good bathroom design assumes people will slip and hit things, blindly grab onto things. I wouldn't like to fall naked on a fire place.
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Mkaiserme, welcome to the forums! As you see, we are a diverse group. I tend to agree with abandoning the idea of a fireplace/aux heater in the bathroom. After all, how long does it take for you to take a shower or other business? Your central air/heat system should keep the area tenable for a short trip in and out. Moisture will wreak havoc on burners, pilots and fittings, not to mention the personnel hazard it will pose. I am repeating the other posts, so I'll quit.
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I will assume that you are in the US. Please fill in your location so it is easier to tell.

There are prohibitions about having certain items above or in the footprint of showers and tubs. The 3 foot horizontal distance is more for hanging lights or paddle fans. Switches and receptacles can be just outside the footprint. Some bathrooms would not allow the 3' distance due to being too small.

See post #4 from this link.

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