Is lighting required in a pantry

Is lighting required in a 40"x40" pantry by building standards IRC 2012 ?

How could the mealy bugs eat the oatmeal or the Captain Crunch in the dark without lights? Huh?
What a question…:upside_down_face:

Sounds more like a closet, are lights required in closets?

Yes, the book said clothes closet (E4003.12) Doesn’t say anything about a pantry ??

I don’t see anything in there that says it’s required. You could also make the case that putting a light in there could be a fire hazard since dust like flour is combustible.

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Hi Sam. When I read E4003.12 I take it to be discussing the types of lighting allowed IF lights are going to be installed in a closet. I didn’t see anything in there about requiring lights to be installed.
I’m pretty sure that the IRC has requirements about room size and whether it’s getting ambient light, etc… that dictate whether a lighting fixture is required.

No incandescent bulbs.


402.1 Habitable spaces.
Every habitable space shall have at least one window of approved size facing directly to the outdoors or to a court. The minimum total glazed area for every habitable space shall be 8 percent of the floor area of such room. Wherever walls or other portions of a structure face a window of any room and such obstructions are located less than 3 feet (914 mm) from the window and extend to a level above that of the ceiling of the room, such window shall not be deemed to face directly to the outdoors nor to a court and shall not be included as contributing to the required minimum total window area for the room.

Exception: Where natural light for rooms or spaces without exterior glazing areas is provided through an adjoining room, the unobstructed opening to the adjoining room shall be at least 8 percent of the floor area of the interior room or space, but a minimum of 25 square feet (2.33 m2). The exterior glazing area shall be based on the total floor area being served.

402.2 Common halls and stairways.
Every common hall and stairway in residential occupancies, other than in one-and two-family dwellings, shall be lighted at all times with at least a 60-watt standard incandescent light bulb for each 200 square feet (19 m2) of floor area or equivalent illumination, provided that the spacing between lights shall not be greater than 30 feet (9144 mm). In other than residential occupancies, means of egress, including exterior means of egress, stairways shall be illuminated at all times the building space served by the means of egress is occupied with a minimum of 1 footcandle (11 lux) at floors, landings and treads.

402.3 Other spaces.
All other spaces shall be provided with natural or artificial light sufficient to permit the maintenance of sanitary conditions, and the safe occupancy of the space and utilization of the appliances, equipment and fixtures.