Is a work light required

in all accessible attic spaces? Code reference? I can’t seem to find the the IRC code reference to this. Thanks for your help.

Not as far as I know John, only required if mechanical equipment is present


I found this. Lighting outlet in attic: IRC E3803.4

(the fact that a scuttle hatch was installed indicates an area that is accessed for service or storage.

The 2006 IRC says:

oops…see you already found it.

Lighting is required where mechanical equipment is located AND if the attic space is used for storage.

IRC E3803.4 says mechanical equipment **or **storage.

Yes. I worded it wrong.

I stand corrected John, I id forget about the storage issue



Hey many thanks everybody.

And since I dont mess with the IRC with respect to the Electrical Codes I will give you it also according to the NEC which the IRC copies for the most part.

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210.70(A)(3) Storage or Equipment Spaces. **[/size][/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman][size=2]For attics, underfloor
spaces, utility rooms, and basements, at least one lighting
outlet containing a switch or controlled by a wall switch
shall be installed where these spaces are used for storage or
contain equipment requiring servicing. At least one point of
control shall be at the usual point of entry to these spaces.
The lighting outlet shall be provided at or near the equipment
requiring servicing.

I have written it up when a technician would still need a flashlight light at the furnace because it was not well illuminated by a light.