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Old 01-06-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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does anyone knows if this is code compliant im talking about a closed shower with a glass door that has a light switch outside the shower right next to the door the switch controls the light inside the shower,,,i know about the 3' rule but thats for open showers as i stand know i believe this set up should be okay but then again i havent cheked the 2011 nec so what do you guys think.
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It's fine.
What "3' rule" do you know about?

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It's fine.
What "3' rule" do you know about?
its on the nec it says that fixtures and outlets should be 3 feet away from the shower and 8 feet high from shower stub
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its on the nec it says that fixtures and outlets should be 3 feet away from the shower and 8 feet high from shower stub
Not true. Receptacles and switches can be right next to a shower, but not within. Fixtures can be anywhere from inside the shower, to limited to 3' away. Depends on the fixture and wiring.
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I don't have any idea what the code requirement is, but in the same situation I used an outdoors switch.
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I don't have any idea what the code requirement is, but in the same situation I used an outdoors switch.
A) You mean with an outdoor cover?? Ewwwww.

B) If you have no idea what the code is WHY are you doing this work?
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The USA side the switch for shower or bathtub as long it out of the footprint pattern you can use the conventail switch aka standard wall switch.

Make sure you get the luminaire that is rated for shower useage if recessed can get one rated for wet location aka shower trim but watch the lamp wattage restriction they are typically either 40 or 60 watts depending on the trim lens.

Just a side note : Our European reguations do required the switch to be a meter (3 feet ) away from the shower or bathtub foot print. ( simauir to Canada codes )

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Just a side note : Our European reguations do required the switch to be a meter (3 feet ) away from the shower or bathtub foot print. ( simauir to Canada codes )

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I have a relative that's an electrician in the UK. When he visits he has always found it odd that the US has never adopted something similar. I'm guessing at some point this will make its way to the NEC.
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I have a relative that's an electrician in the UK. When he visits he has always found it odd that the US has never adopted something similar. I'm guessing at some point this will make its way to the NEC.
Lets hope not. There are tons of crappy laws and regulations that other countries have that have no place in the US.

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