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  • Bathroom Shower Fan GFCI Question

    Ok, so this has been tossed around for years in our office and at many electricians we know, and to no avail nobody has a definitive answer. So here goes. Let's see if the electricians on this forum can agree?

    When you install approved wet location lighting in a shower location, does the power source to the light need to be on a GFCI?

    Is there a height requirement for the light not to be on a GFCI? (That's if it is is required)

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    Re: Bathroom Shower Fan GFCI Question

    A recessed light does NOT need GFI protection unless the manufacturer requires it. Most do not.

    A fan does NOT need GFI protection unless the manufacturer requires it. Most DO.

    Surface mount fixture clearances get more complicated. A surface light does NOT need GFI protection unless the manufacturer requires it.

    I actually find it disturbing that electricians couldn't tell you the answer to this.


    (D) Bathtub and Shower Areas. No parts of cord-connected luminaires, chain-, cable-, or cord-suspended luminaires, lighting track, pendants, or ceiling-suspended (paddle) fans shall be located within a zone measured 900 mm (3 ft) horizontally and 2.5 m (8 ft) vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold. This zone is all encompassing and includes the space directly over the tub or shower stall. Luminaires located within the actual outside dimension of the bathtub or shower to a height of 2.5 m (8 ft) vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower threshold shall be marked for damp locations, or marked for wet locations where subject to shower spray.

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    • #3
      Re: Bathroom Shower Fan GFCI Question

      What are the requirements for installing fixtures in a bathroom?

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