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Old 04-01-2011, 11:56 AM   #1
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Need the professional advice here.
I dont have access to a code book for Ontario - Canada.

Can I wire a light fixture into closets using a pressure switch on the door frame that would turn on lights inside closets at home ?

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Old 04-07-2011, 11:09 AM   #2
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Forget the pressure switch ....

Can I wire a lighting fixture into a bedroom closet within the Ontario code??

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I see lights in closets often here so my guess is yes, but i'm not 100% sure.

If you want to stay safe, only use CFLs.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:50 PM   #4
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I would like to use a small 2 or 3 bulb halogen or a GU10/15 ? fixture in the closet. Crisp , bright light ....to illuminate the clothes closets/ hall closets
The idea would be to open the closet and illumination would be on. Close the door , and the lights would turn off inside the closet b/c of Stanley pressure switch

Would this be permitted in Ontario electrical regs ? ?
Help .... expertise is needed
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You can mount a light in a closet, you can use a regular light fixture with a protective globe on it(no exposed bulbs allowed) as long as you follow the code clearances. 12"from the edge of a shelf,and atleast 24" from walls if no shelves. If this is not possible you could use a recessed light with a cfl or reg incadesscent bulb as long as you use a proctective trim(shower trim) with it. Or last case you can mount a mini flourescent light over the door on the wall not celing.
is this in Canada? OP is in Canada and while a lot of their code is very similar, if not the same as the NEC, they do have some things that are very different.
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Its pretty simple here, cant be much different. You wouldnt want an exposed light in a closet or anything closer to the shelving. FIRE HAZARD
yes, it can be very different. As an example, a breaker panel that is legal here in the US is not legal for use in Canada. They can have some very different rules.

another example; they can only have 12 outlets on a circuit. In the US it is unlimited. Seems very different to me.


Why not just leave this be and let one of the guys that are familiar with Canadian codes give this guy an answer that is legit?
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The light should be located on the ceiling or on the front wall above the door of the closet.
Pendant lights and bare lamp type lights shall not be installed in the clothes closet.

This is from the CEC, not sure if Ontario would have something to overrule it.
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Yes power it is but if the OP said that to the inspector and it was wrong, it would still be wrong.
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There ya go nap pretty much the same as it is here
yes but when darren stated it, it was with actual knowledge of the code. You were simply guessing and got lucky. I can guess at a lot of things and I end up right a lot of the time but it means nothing when the inspector says, sorry but your guess wasn't right. You'll have to fix it.

since we do have some folks from Canada here, anytime there is an actual code issue. it is better to let those with the actual knowledge provide the correct answer. Now, if you had couched your answer with "in the US per NEC..." "I do not know if Canadian code requires something different" I would not have thought it unreasonable (although still virtually useless).

How would you feel if a guy put in something based on your guess only to find out the guess just wasn't quite right and had to redo a bunch of work. If you are an electrician, you know better than to do things based on guesses.
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This is a quote is from the "Electrical Code Simplified" book that I use for reference.

"Light outlet boxes in closets may be in the ceiling or on the front wall above the door (Rule 30-204(1). Note - The Rule requires an enclosed light fixture. A bare lamp type fixture is no longe acceptable".
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Wasnt a guess douche, I googled canadian closet codes
Oh, so why didn't you state that? Maybe because you were quoting NEC?

Why don't you post up that link to support your claim?
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What happened to Powerup26 ?

He and his posts seem to have disappeared, was he banned by a moderator?
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What would an enclosed light fixture look like - type halogen bulb or GU10

I am sure this is a simple answer - sorry
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A fixture with a globe on it, something to enclose the bulb so there is no possibility of the bulb coming in contact with flammables.

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If it was me I would put a light with a CFL in it to prevent any possible chance of clothes hitting a hot bulb.

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