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Chuck Brown
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Username: Csb001

Post Number: 16
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 01:34 pm:   

Is there any specific building code regarding the installation of light fixtures (incandescent or fluorescent) in closets? If so, is there someplace on-line where I may view the code?

Specifically, Iíve heard a builder state they could not install a fluorescent light in a non-walk-in closet (due to some restriction in the building code).

Steve Covington, Chief Building Off
Username: Steve

Post Number: 55
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 05:19 pm:   

Light fixtures in closets are regulated by the International Residential Code and the National Electric Code.
Incandescent lights must have completely enclosed lamps with a minimum clearance of 12 inches from any storage space. Fluorescent lights must have a minimum clearance of six inches from any storage space.
The code sections are not available on line, but we can provide a copy of a particular section by email. Contact me at 972 292-5301 if you would like to have it sent to you.

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