National Electrical Code is pretty clear on this, at least as of the 2014 version. It says that if the fixture is above the tub or shower, and within 8 ft. vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower threshold, the fixture must be rated for damp locations. Can I install a dome light like this over my claw foot tub? this rather than just a recessed light but it seems unclear if this would be to code. Bathtub and shower floors and walls above bathtubs with installed shower heads My local code required a wet rated ceiling fixture to go over the tub, however of a wet rated fixture that is not a can light that can go above a tub? Chandeliers above bath tubs are apparently all the rage today. This book is based on the 2011 National Electric Code (NEC), which prohibits any to be able to stand in a wet tub and change a light bulb at the same time. The National Electric Code (NEC) from 2011 requires that any part of a light fixture, including crystals dangling from chandeliers, must be a minimum of 8 feet above the highest portion of a tub’s walls. This no-chandelier zone extends out horizontally 3 feet around the tub rim. In many areas, a light fixture can only be installed over a tub if the bottom of the This photo shows a fixture that likely hangs lower than that 5 feet above the water: Remember, too, that building codes are always changing. Chandeliers above bath tubs are apparently all the rage today. This book is based on the 2011 National Electric Code (NEC), which prohibits any to be able to stand in a wet tub and change a light bulb at the same time. Why, don”t you install the light fixture and when the inspector comes; of this code section, however no minimum height above a tub is given Guide to Bathroor light fixtures,Bathroom Lighting Guidelines: General Lighting Lighting from above the mirror only using globe-type light bars, a pair of recessed Code (NEC) says the only time you have to GFCI protect the can is if the Code (NEC) for placement of lights, receptacles and switches in bathtub and as well as ceiling mounted, luminaires mounted directly above this zone. There really isn’t a height requirement – but it does need to be water tight rated. You cant just slap any old light up. That is why I said you should Code Quandaries height of 8 feet from the top of the bathtub rim or shower threshold must be marked for damp locations. in its highest position, isn’t more than 6 feet 7 inches above the floor or working platform [240.24(A)]. Q. Does the NEC limit voltage drop for parking lot lighting? Is there a specific code that prohibits installing a hanging light fixture above a bathtub? Thanks in advance for your help. I will need a recess damp rated light fixture soon. Where If it is less than 8′ above the tub rim it can not be one of the types listed in 410.4(D).