Switch for light over kitchen sink


Old 05-29-09, 07:21 PM
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Switch for light over kitchen sink

I'm putting in a high-hat fixture directly over our kitchen sink, and would like it controlled by it's own switch, not controlled by the switch to the regular ceiling light switch.
Ideally the switch would be near to the sink, but I'm concerned by potential wet hands reaching for the switch.
Any advice?
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Old 05-29-09, 08:11 PM
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You could put the light on a GFI if you want, but because switches are fully insulated, it's not required. Unless you plan on pouring a cup of water into the switch, you should be fine. Granted, common sense says that your hands should be dry when operating switches or other electrical components.

Note that you are not permitted to us the already GFI protected countertop circuits for this light.
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You don't need the GFCI for the luminaire above the kitchen sink however if your state do required AFCI for lighting circuits then you have to do that.

Zorfdt is correct you can not tap to the Kitchen countertop receptales circuits.


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