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Old 06-19-2009, 02:03 PM   #16
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Cool. I hadn't made it to the store to look at it. How do you turn them on and off?

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Old 06-19-2009, 02:08 PM   #17
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I don't think they have a switch. So you could do a switched outlet, or X10/Insteon, or something else. I know they sell switches for just such a purpose that can switch power when the door opens.
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:14 PM   #18
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Absolutely, but the Ikea lights themselves are always on effectively?
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:24 PM   #19
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I'm actually planning on using LED rope light
I bought (20) 18' rope lights at HD at 90% off last Christmas
I know someone who used to just use reg christmas mini-lights strung along the shelves. On my front porch I have a string of LED mini's on a timer to light up the porch . They use less then 4 watts total. I also have LED rope light in the kitchen - 2 strings use 10 watts total. Also used at night
All of my night lights are also LED (less then 1 watt) - I have 5
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Scuba- So, you'd feel save with the rope lights in a linen closet, in close proximity, even contact with towels, sheets, etc?
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LED's aren't going to pose any kind of firehazard.

Wouldn't code stop after the switched outlet? From there it would just be you plugging in some rope light.
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You have a point, but I could also plug in a regular table lamp with an unprotected bulb. Perhaps code would allow it, but it certainly wouldn't be safe.
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LED lights put out very little heat
I could coil them up & sit on them without a worry
Reg rope light you can't do this (coiled up & sit on them)
I would run them along the bottom edge or front edge of each shelf
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A friend of mine had a similar situation with a pantry - each shelve was dark when illuminated from the single overhead bulb. He ran a rope light around the inside of the door at the casing edge. The rope light was a premade set, ready to plug into a outlet. To power it he installed a outlet inside the pantry, switched from the existing switch. The illumination is just right and his wife loves it.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:32 PM   #25
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I'd be thinking about these... http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50119407

I prefer the strip because I'd rather mount to the cleats than to the shelf itself, because as I mentioned, the shelves need to be removable.

That said, I want to make sure that I am not building a fire hazard and would like this to be code compliant if possible. Does anyone know if LED lights are permitted in closets under the NEC?

Thanks!
Techally wise that is a big iffy right now due the NEC code is behind with techolgy change like LED they really come out very fast.

I know someone did wrote to the NEC commite to change the code with luminaires in cloth closet to add the LED in there but too early to say what they go thru with it yet.

I know it work pretty slick but as the LED get more common the price will go down anyway that will be good benfit for us.

we will keep you posted if the NEC did change the code related to this { the next change will be in 2011 so between now and the date when the new NEC edition come out we will see what change it will make there }

Merci,Marc

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