The Inspector Newsletter
February 2019: Resolutions
Snapshots From The Field

What’s wrong with this picture?

Hint: if you see a light fixture located anywhere near a tub or shower, you need to be on your toes.

The light fixture pictured in the shower above is not “wet-rated” or “watertight,” meaning it has not been approved for use near a water source. Wet-rated lights should not be confused with “damp-rated” lights, which are approved for areas that are subject to light moisture or condensation (the inside your refrigerator or an older basement are two examples of areas that need damp-rated bulbs). Your shower is a wet location, and it needs wet-rated lighting. Recessed lighting with a watertight barrier is one of the best choices to keep you and your family safe from electrocution and injury.


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