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!
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
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