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Old 09-09-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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Hi and thanks in advance.

We are demo'ing a bathroom that only has a shower and installing a bathtub in its place.

The new location of the tub will be directly below an existing recessed light that was originally located right where you would have stepped out of the shower.

My question is:

1. Does this light (now that it will be over a tub) need to be on a GFCI circuit or do I just need a wet trim kit to pass code?

Reason I ask is I am replacing the recessed light with a new one while the cieling is down...

2. This room has no exhaust fan, I am adding one ... for power for the exhaust fan can I just tap into the recessed light box so they both come on at the flick of the same switch?

The exhaust fan will not be located over the tub but centered in the room and the recessed light has extra quick connect tabs for what I am assuming is adding more lights in a long chain if needed..

Room is 9x6 and fan would be a 70 CFM...

Again appreciate any and all feedback.

Have a good rest of the weekend.


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Old 09-09-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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The light does not have to be gfci protected, and wiring the fan to come on with the lights is code in my area.

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I don't live far from you....so I'm 'somewhat' familiar with the codes.

No, no GFIC for the light. But if over the tub, must be for 'wet locations'....so, yea, you need the new trim.

Assuming your doing this to code, they will want the fan and light on the same switch.

Also....you may be required to make sure your existing outlet is to code....i.e, you're outlet must be feed by a dedicated 20A breaker. It can not be shared with any other outlets in the rest of the house.

I believe you can run your light and fan off the same ckt....but I wouldn't do it.....I don't like putting lights and outlets on the same breaker....if you trip the bathroom breaker, then your lights go out.
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Assuming your doing this to code, they will want the fan and light on the same switch.

I believe you can run your light and fan off the same ckt....but I wouldn't do it.....
Dumb question. How can they run off the same switch but be on different circuits?
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Thanks for all the info .. finished it up this weekend.

DDawg you have me confused.. The only outlet in the room is not being touched.

The question I had regarding the ventilation fan was if I could tap into the box of the recessed light for power as they have quick connects for 3 additional wires...

I ran it as follows:

Light switch to light, light to ventilation fan.

Bought the shower trim for the canned light and we are good to go.

On a side note --- can romex touching a can light in the cieling melt from the heat? These things get pretty hot .. Halo H7ICT from home depot..
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