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Westinghouse wall mount with pull chain and outletHere's some National Electrical Code (NEC) information for closet lighting

410.16 Luminaires in Clothes Closets

(A) Luminaire Types Permitted. Only luminaires of the following types shall be permitted in a closet:

  1. Surface-mounted or recessed incandescent or LED luminaires with completely enclosed light sources.
  2. Surface-mounted or recessed fluorescent luminaires.
  3. Surface-mounted fluorescent or LED luminaires identified as suitable for installation within the closet storage space.

 

(B) Luminaire Types NOT Permitted. Incandescent luminaires with open or partially enclosed lamps and pendant luminaires or lampholders shall not be permitted.

(C) Location. The minimum clearance between luminaires installed in clothes closets and the nearest point of a closet storage space shall be as follows:

  1. 300mm (12 in.) for surface-mounted incandescents or LED luminaires with a completely enclosed light source installed on the wall above the door or on the ceiling.
  2. 150mm (6 in.) for surface-mounted fluorescent luminaires installed on the wall above the door or on the ceiling.
  3. 150mm (6 in.) for recessed incandescent or LED luminaires with a completely enclosed light source installed in the wall or the ceiling.
  4. 150mm (6 in.) for recessed fluorescent luminaires installed in the wall or the ceiling.
  5. Surface mounted fluorescent or LED luminaires shall be permitted to be installed within the closet storage space where identified for this use.

THE PICTURE YOU SEE ON THE RIGHT HAS A COMPLETE ENCLOSURE AND WOULD BE PERMITTED.

IF YOU HOVER YOUR MOUSE CURSOR OVER THE PICTURE, IT WILL CHANGE TO A WALL MOUNT LIGHT FIXTURE THAT IS PARTIALLY ENCLOSED AND IS THEREFOR NOT PERMITTED.

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