Originally Posted By: ckratzer
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Just a little more to add to the fixture in the closet thing.
The most current home I built was just called on this issue.It seems even city codes inspectors could not agree.
The fixtures I put in closets are can fixtures.My rough mechanical inspection report stated that at finish these fixtures needed to be covered with a lense because of the potential fire hazzard of open fixtures because of things on shelves coming into contact with said fixture.Easy enough fix.
My final inspection brought a different codes inspector who said that in addition to the cover the fixture must also be 6" away from an imaginary verticle plane of the nose of a closet shelf.
So if you have shelves in any closet regardless of what you call that closet my thinking is ,based upon how code reads, the covered fixture/6" rule would apply.
I do recall reading in 2003 IRC that a florescent bulb is o.k. It’s a vague recollection so you might have to check me on that.
Oh and by the way it is a real pain to move a light fixture 2" from its existing location because no one is really sure what code is really saying.