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Old 01-10-2011, 07:19 AM   #1
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Hey guys. Are there can lights that are specifically rated for installation inside a shower?

A friend has a light in the stand up shower that once the shower is run, there will be a crackling coming from it and the bulb will flicker. I am guessing it is from the steam within the shower. There is an exhaust fan outside of the shower which is running, but the light will still do that.

So, I wanted to see if there would be a can designed for a moisture area that I could install.

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Not that i know of, its just the shower trim kit that you need.

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Old 01-10-2011, 07:44 AM   #3
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Thanks Baum. The trim kit probably has some type of gasket to keep the moisture out?

Thanks a lot for your help. I will have to check and see if that is in there.
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This question of how to apply the NEC to lighting above tubs and showers is is endlessly debated on Electrical Contractor and Home Inspection boards.

The general consensus is that if the lowest point of the ceiling in the tub/shower zone is 8' above shower threshold or flood rim of tub equipment must be damp location rated at a minimum.

Where things get complicated is that per the NEC lighting must be rated for wet locations if it is subjected to wet zone conditions. Most HI's I know agree that (for example) a sauna or "steam shower" meets these conditions. Some believe that if the lighting is possibly subjected to water spray (for example, if some types of non-fixed-potion spray heads or wands are installed) the lighting is in a "wet-zone" as well.

The only definitive answer to these questions is the one you get from your local building department or some other AHJ. And the only why to find out is to ask them.

Once you know what is required, you can then buy lighting fixtures listed by the manufacturer for a damp or wet location, as needed to meet the requirements.
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