gfci for lighting

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by bobyoder, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. bobyoder

    bobyoder New Member

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    Is it necessary to have gfci breaker on a bathroom lighting circuit? Room has vanity light, a fan in center of room and a recessed can in the shower approved for wet location. This is on a 15amp circuit.
  2. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    What does the installation instructions say about the light in the shower?

    This is what that will determine if the fixture is required to be protected by GFCI or not.

    The other fixtures, no.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Often the determining factor is whether the light is high enough that you could not touch it while in the shower stall.
  4. bobyoder

    bobyoder New Member

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    No the can says it is approved for wet locations with the appropriate trim which I have. I ran across a post while researching another matter which state lighting in damp/wet areas are to have gfci protection.
  5. bobyoder

    bobyoder New Member

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    Its just under 8 feet so it can't be reached without a ladder
  6. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    Just because it is approved for wet locations does not mean that in the installation instructions it says anything about GFCI.

    In the installation instructions that comes with every fixture it will tell you if it needs GFCI.
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