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Old 03-27-2011, 01:02 PM   #1
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Overhang Discovered to Have "Indoor Only" Pot Lights

We discovered recently that an exterior overhang and the front porch had
"Indoor Only" pot lights installed by the Electrician who was on the job for our remodel project.

The new Electrician told us this is illegal, and he changed them out immediately.

The cost to replace them was high as we also had to bring in a carpenter to tear out most of the decorative bead board.

Any Electricians out there who can give their opinion?


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Old 03-27-2011, 01:08 PM   #2
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The electric code requires that things be used according to the instructions and any listing or labeling requirements. You said that indoor only lights were installed outside. Your electrician was correct.


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Old 03-27-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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I'm not sure that's an "outdoor" installation. If it's not subject to water or dampness, then there's really no difference between the underside of a porch overhang and a ceiling in your living room. Lights listed for "outdoor" use are rated for damp or wet location. Those ratings are not required for this installation. I think there is at least a valid argument that the installation was not improper.
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Outside, under an overhang, or in an open porch area is considered a "damp" location. High humidity and condensation can occur in such locations, and any equipment located there must be able to deal with this condition.

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