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Old 12-27-2010, 04:35 PM   #1
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how far away from the wall do i have to be to install a wall sconce?

I understand the code to be 15" from the wall, but that seems a bit aggresive. does anyone know the code?
the fixture is 20" High x 4" Wide x 4" Deep

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how far away from the wall do i have to be to install a wall sconce?

I understand the code to be 15" from the wall, but that seems a bit aggresive. does anyone know the code?
the fixture is 20" High x 4" Wide x 4" Deep
Assuming you are talking about how far from a corner a sconce should be, never heard of a 15" rule. There are no clearance requirements as there are for electrical panels.
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I cant seem to find any "code" but the reason i question;

my electrician refused to install a fixture on one of my jobs saying that it did not meet code. If he moved it over to meet code, then it would interfere with the medicine cabinet.

I am working on a design for a client right now and i want to prevent the same "code violation"

Please advise. Any registered electricians out there??
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I cant seem to find any "code" but the reason i question;

my electrician refused to install a fixture on one of my jobs saying that it did not meet code. If he moved it over to meet code, then it would interfere with the medicine cabinet.

I am working on a design for a client right now and i want to prevent the same "code violation"

Please advise. Any registered electricians out there??
That may be a local AHJ requirement. I'm not aware of any NEC requirement regarding the placement of wall sconces relative to corners. I would think aesthetics would be the determining factor.

Can you provide the details of the specific fixture that the electrician insisted on moving?
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yes the fixture was 24" wide and 24" High.
The design called for a 72" double bowl vanity. Wall to Wall.

I wanted the wall fixtures installed 3" from each wall so that there would be an even reveal everywhere.

My electrician said that a light fixture could not be installed that close to the wall. He claimed that i would need to take it 15" on center.
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yes the fixture was 24" wide and 24" High.
The design called for a 72" double bowl vanity. Wall to Wall.

I wanted the wall fixtures installed 3" from each wall so that there would be an even reveal everywhere.

My electrician said that a light fixture could not be installed that close to the wall. He claimed that i would need to take it 15" on center.
Well, either you are dealing with a rather restrictive local code requirement, or a squeamish electrician. Fifteen inches seems like a mile in a room that's apparently only six feet wide. You might want to check with your local building authority for some insight.
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Unless it was hanging over the footprint of a tub or shower I am at a loss as to what he is refering to. OP said it was 4" wide. 3" from the wall would not work for a 24" wide fixture. 12" would be the absolute minimum.

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When he said did not mean code was he referring to the wiring of the scone? As sconces can be placed almost anywhere; the height should be at least 6’-0’’ from the floor and if in a long hallway spaced at least 8-10’ apart other than that you shouldn’t have a problem having them installed. And they are usually installed flush to the wall.
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OK, bear with me, I'm blond and don't really know what I'm talking about.

"I'll have to move it over to 15 inches from the wall to meet code" is not necessarily the same thing as saying "The code is 15 inches from the wall."

Is it possible that there was something else going on inside that wall (vents, plumbing, structure, etc.) that caused him to have to move it?

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the fixture was 24" wide and 24" High
That seems awfully big. Was that fixture simply a sconce or was there a mirror or recessed cabinet involved?

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