outlets and lights question

2 questions:

  1. an outlet on the ceiling of the garage has the auto. door opener plugged into it…there is one remaining receptacle. This outlet is not GFCI. Does it need to be? I would think that since it’s not dedicated to the opener and there is another receptacle that someone could plug something into and run it outside, that it should be GFCI.

  2. a ceiling fan with lights. there are 3 light receptacles…only one light bulb was installed and the bulb did not go on when i hit the switch. Report it and tell them to test it with new bulbs or is this just being petty since it’s a ceiling fan and could be removed anyway.


No…these receptacles are not readily accesssible.

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I simply report that the ceiling fan bulbs are inoperative. Repair or Replace.

(2) Garages, and also accessory buildings that have a floor
located at or below grade level not intended as habitable
rooms and limited to storage areas, work areas,
and areas of similar use

*Exception No. 1: Receptacles that are not readily accessible.

Exception No. 2: A single receptacle or a duplex receptacle
for two appliances located within dedicated space for
each appliance that, in normal use, is not easily moved
from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected
in accordance with 400.7(A)(6), (A)(7), or (A)(8).

Note: Even IF the garage is not considered a habitable location it still DOES require a switched lighting outlet.


The only compelling argument I have heard for making this a single is if you don’t it is a very attractive place to plug a drop light into.
If you really wanted to be safe you would just put it on the GFCI.