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Old 08-12-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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Light inside outdoor shower


Hi all!
Hope you are enjoying the summer.
My question has to do with installing an outdoor light inside a shower. I have a small cottage near the beach in nj and its tough to take a shower in the dark outside. So I was wondering about throwing up a drawstring type fixture in the covered portion of the shower. I would run it off an existing internal power source with the breaker being GFCI. I would go with 14-3 cable with a coated ground. Any issues here concerning safety?
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A draw string inside the shower would never be code. You will need a water proof fixture with a switch outside the shower area.
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What is a "14-3 cable with a coated ground", and why would you think this is necessary?
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What is a "14-3 cable with a coated ground", and why would you think this is necessary?
Sounds like SJ cord.
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What is a "14-3 cable with a coated ground", and why would you think this is necessary?
It's a cable with an insulated ground wire instead of a bare copper wire.
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A draw string inside the shower would never be code. You will need a water proof fixture with a switch outside the shower area.
Thanks. My suspicion as well. Wasn't sure. How about the connection?
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It's a cable with an insulated ground wire instead of a bare copper wire.
Such as?
And what's the point?
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Thanks. My suspicion as well. Wasn't sure. How about the connection?
In the US the light must be wet location rated only if subject to shower spray.
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In the US the light must be wet location rated only if subject to shower spray.

correct like in a shower area ...LOL or outside ...
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In the US the light must be wet location rated only if subject to shower spray.
Thanks. That is true.
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You might just get one of those battery powered stick on lights "as seen on TV". Should be plenty of light and battery life for infrequent shower use. It's not like you don't know where everything is anyway. ;-)
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You might just get one of those battery powered stick on lights "as seen on TV". Should be plenty of light and battery life for infrequent shower use. It's not like you don't know where everything is anyway. ;-)
I had those. They work ok. Problem is they corrode because of the sea air. I end up tossing them out at the end of the summer.
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Such as?
And what's the point?
From what I've read you should always run an insulated ground in wet locations. Is this not true?
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From what I've read you should always run an insulated ground in wet locations. Is this not true?
Not true. If you use cable, use UF type cable. 2 insulated conductors and a bare ground.
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Not true. If you use cable, use UF type cable. 2 insulated conductors and a bare ground.
Really? Interesting....
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