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Old 06-03-2011, 10:32 AM   #1
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A friend of mine asked me to wire lighting for her new walk-in closet (yet to be built). I am thinking it'll be something in the range of 10x12 feet. She plans to have a shelf going around the top, a bar underneath all the way around for hangers, and bins/shelves underneath some of the clothes on the floor.

I am aware of the rules in 410.16 regarding distances from lights to storage areas. I am looking for design ideas.

My idea was to have the "eyeball" type recessed lights going around the ceiling pointing at the shelf/hanging clothes. Do these lights count as "enclosed lamps" or are they not allowed?

What is the best way to illuminate the stuff under the clothes on the floor? Some sort of low voltage system? Rope lights? Floor lights?

I'm hoping to avoid fluorescents if possible.

Any ideas? thanks.

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I prefer surface mounted lighting for its more even distribution of lighting.

I would not consider an eyeball to be enclosed. Surface mount with a globe, yes.

I think if your lighting levels are high enough you should not need to supplement it at the floor level.

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Old 06-03-2011, 03:06 PM   #3
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Thanks, Jim. Say I do decide to try and illuminate the area under the clothes....what are my options? Thanks.
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I don't think you have many options given the restrictions in 410.
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