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Light Fixtures Like This Are Pretty Perhaps, But Dangerous!

Light fixtures like this are pretty perhaps, but dangerous!

Codes may be minimal, but each of them exists for its own reason(s).

Basically codes are to provide a standard, a floor, from which to begin.

Any builder who says they build their houses strictly to code are not saying very much.  There's nothing impressive in saying that.

But many codes exist for reasons of SAFETY!

I see chandeliers like the one on the right very often. 

They are good looking!  It's tempting to put them in a special place.

May I exhort you NOT to buckle to the temptation to install such fixtures over a bath tub or shower!

Standing INSIDE the tub to the right I could reach OVER the light bulbs!  Not from the rim - inside!

Not good!

This is what the National Electric Code says about light fixtures over wet areas like tubs and showers:

410.10(D) Bathtub and Shower Areas. No parts of cord-connected luminaires, chain-, cable-, or cord-suspended luminaires, lighting track, pendants, or ceiling-suspended (paddle) fans shall be located within a zone measured 900 mm (3 ft) horizontally and 2.5 m (8 ft) vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold. This zone is all encompassing and includes the space directly over the tub or shower stall. Luminaires located within the actual outside dimension of the bathtub or shower to a height of 2.5 m (8 ft) vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower threshold shall be marked for damp locations or marked for wet locations where subject to shower spray.

That's pretty clear!  And clear for reasons of safety.  

Very often I have said that if people are not smart enough to obey man-made codes, they are still subject to natural codes!

And believe me, when it comes to mixing water and electricity Mother Nature will enforce her codes with impunity! 

Just look at her!  With impunity, I tell you!

My recommendation:  understand what you are doing before you do it!  Know what you are doing before you do it!  Form sometimes trumps function, but so often it does not do so with good results!  This light fixture is one of them.

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 14 commentsJay Markanich • July 19 2016 03:39AM

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To each their own, Jay Markanich , but there is no argument to your words of wisdom here. Bet the seller was surprised by your report on this feature, but it is  just plain good ol' common sense!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) almost 2 years ago

Could be it was given to the sellers by Aunt Myrtle, S&N, and they are taking it when they leave!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 2 years ago

Good morning James. Pretty yes and impractical and dangerous too. Good post.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. Have seen these fixtures in some high end homes with very high ceilings. Have also seen what you describe. One is OK and one is not! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) almost 2 years ago

Sheila - both those things!

High is fine, as you say Wayne.  Low no go.

Was that alliterative?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 2 years ago

Good afternoon Jay,

Where oh where did they put the dimmer switch!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 2 years ago

Well said, Raymond!  Some installers are definitely dimming the wrong things.

This is the brain.  This is the brain on dimmer.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 2 years ago

A shocking discovery to say the least!  Sorry, I just had to.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) almost 2 years ago

Hi Jay - Yeah, that looks like a bad idea. We have a chandelier over our tub, but it has candles. And it looks a lot better than that, too.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 2 years ago

Stephen - no worries.  Your comment passed right through me and into the ground.

Dick - candles aren't electrifying!  And there is a convenient water source nearby to quench the flames.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 2 years ago

The funny thing is that it doesn't even look good...lol, he says with impunity!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 2 years ago

Are you sticking your tongue out and tweaking your ears, Fred?

There was a similar one in the dining room!  They ran into a twofer.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 2 years ago

This is good information to share with home owners and prospective home buyers.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

Any information about safety is good information, Roy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 2 years ago

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