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Old 11-14-2017, 11:11 AM   #1
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light switch in bath tub alcove


We had a room addition done with light switches shown on the plans in a tub alcove (off to side and not over tub, and no shower). It went through plan check, and the rough electrical inspection...but on final inspection, the inspector (the same one) now says no go.

The electrician had wired each switch individually and each with a GFI switch on the back side of the wall, which the inspector did not see or note in his final inspection (he might have seen it in the rough inspection and forgot?). The switches are over 12" from the end of the tub and off to the side of the tub..and over a wide granite tub surround for these offsets...

Much has been said in blogs on the NEC and "wet" locations/tub alcoves...but I saw no mention on if the individual GFIs satisfies the issue, or if it's offset enough to meet criteria.

Amazingly, if they weren't in the alcove, or if the tub and granite were a bit narrower..it appears the switches would be fine.. yet you could still reach them from the tub...???(sorry about the ramble)

Anyone know if the GFIs and offsets might satisfy the inspector???...thanks !!!
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:20 PM   #2
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The NEC does not require gfi protection for the lighting , even if over the tub.

As long as the switches are not over the tub there is no distance requirement . Did the inspector say what the issue was? They need to provide the violation .
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