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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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• What causes dark or light "ghost" lines on ceilings and walls?
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• What is the difference between a carport and a garage?
• What are simple ways to find the cause of a ceiling stain?
• What is the minimum size of habitable rooms in a house according to the building code?
• Why is my garage ceiling sagging?
• How can I identify what kind of wood flooring I am looking at?
• Why does my concrete floor slab sweat and get slippery?
• What is the minimum ceiling height for rooms in a house?
• Why are there score line grooves in the concrete floor of the garage?
• How much can I cut out of a floor joist?
• How can I tell if my floors are sloping?
• Why do the floors slope in this old house?
• What are the common problems when a homeowner converts a garage to conditioned living space, such as a family room?
• How can I tell if a wall is load-bearing? Which walls can I take out?
• Can I remove the interior walls under a roof truss?
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