Is this light & wiring ok?

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Is this light & wiring ok?

Checking out the picture below please. Can you tell me if the way I have the light hooked up is okay. I don't have power to it yet, but it will be coming from above the switch location. It will be in a storage closet under the basement stairs. Thanks!
 
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The Type NM cable you're using is designed and rated to be protected. It needs to be inside a finished wall.
 
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Old 01-17-14, 01:33 PM
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No. NM-b cable can't be run exposed like that. It must be in a wall or otherwise protected.

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Old 01-17-14, 01:39 PM
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What kind of light fixture is that? I have never seen one exactly like that, but I like it.
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It is a light fixture meant for tight spaces, such as crawl spaces, under stairs, etc...
 
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Why do I need to wait 3 minutes between replies, that is just stupid!

The area the wiring is running will be drywalled on the other sides of the studs. This is basically an enclosed storage space under my stairs...
 
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One more point: It appears that you have installed a metal 8-b (octagon) box that came with an attached bracket for mounting to framing, and mounted a surface-mount light fixture to that. If so, that box is also rated to be mounted in a protected space.

I think I would mount the light on the face of the wall where the switch is located, or over the door. It seems a bit low and in-your-face where it is.
 
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That makes sense, thanks for the tip!
 
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Old 01-17-14, 02:01 PM
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Why do I need to wait 3 minutes between replies
That's one of our anti-spam measures, and applies to all regular members. Yes, it can be frustrating.

The area the wiring is running will be drywalled on the other sides of the studs. This is basically an enclosed storage space under my stairs...
Understood. Everything said above about protecting the cable, using an appropriate box, and/or relocating the light applies here.

Because this is in a closet, the light fixture needs to be located so that it will not be closer than 18" - IIRC - to anything flammable. Centered over the door is a popular location.

As a suggestion, a doorjamb switch is a handy solution for making sure a closet light is only on when the closet is open.
 
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That's one of our anti-spam measures, and applies to all regular members. Yes, it can be frustrating.
I thought that was a convenience feature for refills.

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