We're in the process of remodeling our master bathroom and during the
remodel we found some "extra" room so we built a small linen closet in
the main hall next to the hall bathroom.
I believe code will not allow a hanging light fixture within 12 inches
of a shelf so I'm thinking about installing 2 vertical 4-foot
strip-lights mounted on the wall just inside the closet, one each side
of the door. The strip-lights are similar-to/the-same-as the
under-cabinet lights one would use in the kitchen, although they would
have a clear cover and be cool enough to touch . These lights would be
hard wired into the wall switch or perhaps a door activated contact
Does anyone know if this type of lighting solution would pass code?
Never use a 2x4 when a 2x6 would do just as well.
This is something I never thought about. It's only a linen closet and
we will use it, what two - three times a week to get some towels and
such or put back what was just laundered.
Mounted over the door is fine for the upper shelves, I even considered
it before I posted the original message. However, since the closet is
so shallow, about 21", I doubt much light would reach the lower
This is why I was thinking of something like a cool-operating
under-cabinet light with plastic covers. I could run it/them down the
sides of the door to illuminate everything from the top shelf down to
near the floor.
Others have suggested that I prewire the closet for "the light" and
then after the closet is inspected, just put in what I want; within
reason of course. However, I have told my kids since they were small
that I hate cheating and most laws, and codes in this case, are there
for a reason. I would be forced to call myself a hypocrite if I were
to follow that path and more than calling me fat, I hate being called a
A light outside the closet is most likely to help with the lower
The other popular answer is a recessed light, especially one with a
flush lens. The popular interpretation is that it is "outside" of the
Of course you could ask your local building department what they
approve. But that might be too easy. :)
Hmmm ... my closets are wired with lights in them. They're the fixture
type that mount directly on the box and are activated with a pull
chain. Passed inspection no problem. They're mounted in the closet on
the wall above the door, not on e.g. the back wall fwiw.
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