Why can't I put a chandelier over the spa tub in my master bath? It would look wonderful!
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
A light fixture (luminaire) within the actual outside dimensions of a bathtub or shower and up to 8-feet above the tub rim or shower threshold is required to be rated by the manufacturer (and certified by a recognized testing lab like UL) for use in a damp location. This typically means that there is a removable lens over the lamp—like in the photo below.
A light fixture located where it might be subject to shower spray must be UL-rated for a wet location (per NEC 410.10D). Without the lens, water might splash up onto the glass surface of the bulb and shatter it, with the resultant spray of broken glass landing all around a nude, shoeless person. Once in a while we see a chandelier over a tub. But a building code official would never approve it, and most licensed electricians know better than to install one, so it is usually a homeowner project done as part of an HGTV-inspired bath remodeling.
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