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Are lights required in closets?
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Switched lighting is required by the National Electrical Code [NEC 210.70(A)(1)] in “every habitable room, kitchen, and bathroom.” Since a closet is not defined as habitable in the codes, a light is not code-required—but certainly a good idea for larger closets, and most homebuyers expect it. See our blog post What is the definition of a habitable space in the building code?
If, however, a light is installed in a closet, it must meet certain standards for fire safety. See What are the code requirements for light fixtures in a closet? for details.
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