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    Default Shower light fixture

    Attached are two light fixtures which were installed in a shower/tub area of a three year old home. I thought a cover is required and not an exposed bulb.

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    Default Re: Shower light fixture

    A few things, for one is the fixture subject to shower spray? If not, then a damp rated fixture is all that's required. They do make wet location rated fixtures that utilize an open PAR type lamp.


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    Default Re: Shower light fixture

    As RM said, not all shower trims are closed style.

    All answers based on unamended National Electrical codes.

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    Hi,

    It is also important that lights above a shower or bath have a GFCI circuit.

    Sometimes, the whole bathroom can be on a GFCI circuit in the main panel.

    Either way, I always recommend to have it verified by a master electrician.

    Hope this helps.
    Zane


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zane Remenda View Post
    Hi,

    It is also important that lights above a shower or bath have a GFCI circuit.

    Sometimes, the whole bathroom can be on a GFCI circuit in the main panel.

    Either way, I always recommend to have it verified by a master electrician.

    Hope this helps.
    Zane

    Not sure about Canada but a light fixture over a shower does not require GFCI protection in the US. Might not be a bad idea but not required.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Meier View Post
    Not sure about Canada but a light fixture over a shower does not require GFCI protection in the US. Might not be a bad idea but not required.

    If manufacturers instructions stated that GFCI protection was required if used in a shower area, then it would be required. Otherwise I agree.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Meier View Post
    Not sure about Canada but a light fixture over a shower does not require GFCI protection in the US. Might not be a bad idea but not required.
    In BC, the western and superior part of Canada , the switch needs to be 1 meter (39 ") away from the shower or tub. Only the wall receptacle is required to be on a GFCI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollie Meyers View Post
    If manufacturers instructions stated that GFCI protection was required if used in a shower area, then it would be required. Otherwise I agree.

    Yes that's true of any piece of equipment not only for things over a shower. Usually bathroom exhaust fans do require protection according to the manufacturers instructions when installed over a tub or shower. I have yet to see a shower fixture that the manufacturer required GFCI protection.


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    Here is a quote from the Panasonic web site:

    CAN A PANASONIC FAN BE USED OVER A BATHTUB OR SHOWER? Yes, provided it is protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). Keep in mind, however, that any ventilation device located in a damp environment may have a reduced life due to high humidity and a potential for corrosion. Fans used in high-humidity areas should be operated for longer periods of time, to ensure the removal of moisture and to reduce the potential for condensation in the fan body or ducting.

    I have a panasonic fan myself and it is quiet! Although it is a safe distance from the tub.
    Cheers
    Zane


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    Default Re: Shower light fixture

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Meier View Post
    Yes that's true of any piece of equipment not only for things over a shower. Usually bathroom exhaust fans do require protection according to the manufacturers instructions when installed over a tub or shower. I have yet to see a shower fixture that the manufacturer required GFCI protection.
    Here ya go. I have had to install these in public handicap shower enclosures.

    http://www.faucetdirect.com/mediabas...ons/k-1665.pdf


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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Guridi View Post
    Here ya go. I have had to install these in public handicap shower enclosures.

    http://www.faucetdirect.com/mediabas...ons/k-1665.pdf
    Thanks for the link. I figured that someone made a light with a GFCI requirement.


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    Default Re: Shower light fixture

    Looks like a sample from my "Darwin Shower Light Fixture" collection.

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