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Old 03-15-2010, 06:54 PM   #1
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I have an existing light in my shower, but want to split that light to another location having the same switch to activate it.
How do I accomplish this and not jack it up?
I desire to install recessed lights in the shower, then to the bathtub which is in a different location about 6 feet away....

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Old 03-15-2010, 06:58 PM   #2
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Do you have attic access over this bathroom? Makes things a lot easier.

The current light should have a black and white wire in its junction box. You need to run new wire (14/2 for 15 amp circuit, 12/2 for 20 amp) from your current light to the new light. At the old light, connect black to the two blacks that are there, and connect the white to the two whites that are already there.

These lights must be GFCI protected since they are in a shower/tub.

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Old 03-15-2010, 07:02 PM   #3
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access, indeed through the attic.
older house with weird wiring for just about all the rooms.
so far, encountered at least three different wiring for hot and ground.....
white and yellow
white and red
white and blue...
each one different in hot and cold....
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Can you please cite a code reference saying these lights must be GFCI protected.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:21 PM   #5
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Oh, maybe I was just thinking of a fan in a shower unit. I guess even those are only per manufacturer's instructions. My mistake.
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If I remember correctly cord & plug within a certain distance must be ?
A lot of Mfg's do state GFCI required
I can't recall if I even checked the install directions on the last one I installed

found it....might be older terminolgy

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Bathtub and Shower Areas. No parts of cord-connected fixtures, hanging fixtures, lighting track, pendants or ceiling-suspended (paddle) fans shall be located within a zone measured 3 ft (914 mm) horizontally and 8 ft (2.44 m) vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold. This zone is all encompassing and includes the zone directly over the tub or shower stall.
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If I remember correctly cord & plug within a certain distance must be ?
A lot of Mfg's do state GFCI required
I can't recall if I even checked the install directions on the last one I installed

found it....might be older terminolgy
That says they cannot even be in the boundary. It says nothing of GFCI protection.
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thanks.
I will do some research and get supplies and such later this week.
I do have a multimeter to assist in the job and have an electrician on standby who normally follows up on my work.
I have changed numerous lights in my house (Queen Victoria called to get her stuff back) and only had to call this guy twice (track lighting and socket tracing).
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:45 PM   #9
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yes it does need to be G.F.C.I protected & listed for wet locations according to the 2008 NEC. 551.53-(B) see below. hope this is helpful. Good Luck & Be Safe.



(B) Shower Luminaires.
If a luminaire is provided over a
bathtub or in a shower stall, it shall be of the enclosed and
gasketed type and listed for the type of installation, and it
shall be ground-fault circuit-interrupter protected.

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551 is under Special Occupancies for Recreational vehicles & Parks ?
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yes it does need to be G.F.C.I protected & listed for wet locations according to the 2008 NEC. 551.53-(B) see below. hope this is helpful. Good Luck & Be Safe.



(B) Shower Luminaires.
If a luminaire is provided over a
bathtub or in a shower stall, it shall be of the enclosed and
gasketed type and listed for the type of installation, and it
shall be ground-fault circuit-interrupter protected.
This Article applies to recreational vehicles and RV parks. It does not apply anywhere else.

With that said there is nothing to stop someone from supplying GFI protection if they desire to.

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