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Are bare-bulb light fixtures (lamp holders) legal by code?
Saturday, October 2, 2021
They are called lamp holders because “lamp” is an antiquated term for a light bulb and “holder” is the socket base that the light bulb screws into. Lamp holders were once porcelain and now often plastic.They are still code-approved, but with a couple of limitations: lamp holders are not rated for exterior use, and not allowed in closets. The exposed surface of the light bulb can start a fire if it comes in contract with a stored item in the closet.
Yes, we know that a lamp holder in the ceiling of the closet is common in older houses, but they are no longer allowed in new construction. To find out how to make your old bare-bulb closet ceiling light safe, go to our article Is a bare bulb light in a closet alright?
To learn more, go to our articles What are the code requirements for light fixtures in a closet? and What is a keyless light fixture or lamp holder?
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