Hanging Fixture per IRC E 3903.10

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Old 02-01-10, 10:32 AM
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Hanging Fixture per IRC E 3903.10

On the following page, it lists 'The Rules of Good Bathroom Design':

StarCraft Custom builders: Design/Build Baths. The Rules of Good Bathroom Design

One of which is:

Hanging fixtures cannot be located within a zone of 3' feet horizontally and 8' vertically from the top of the bathtub rim. (IRC E 3903.10). I believe that IRC is the International Residential Code.

What exactly is a hanging fixture? A chandelier? If I want to attach a flush mounted light, like this one:

Golden Lighting 8755-FM FCB Genevieve 2 Light Flush Mount Ceiling Light, Forged Caramel Bronze, Traditional Flush Mount Ceiling Lights by Golden Lighting

do the same rules apply, or is this rule just for chandelier types?

Location = NY state
 
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Old 02-01-10, 11:07 AM
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A hanging fixture is generally considered something like a chandelier, however most codes consider the space above a shower to be either a damp or wet area. This requires you to use fixtures that are rated for that environment regardless of the type (hanging, flush or recessed). You also may need to use GFCI protection on that circuit.

If you have high ceilings, it's possible the inspector may allow a regular fixture if it's sufficiently above the shower.
 
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Old 02-01-10, 11:11 AM
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In my previous post I assumed a shower -- is this a shower or just a bathtub?
 
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What type of bath is it?

It is a tub with shower head on one wall.

The room is 81" x 64" with a 102" ceiling height (8.5').
 
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Usually in this situation the light fixture must have a listing for use in a shower stall or an approved shower trim if it is located directly over the footprint of the tub.

If it is outside the footprint of the tub, a standard recessed or flush mount fixture is allowed.
 
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