Minimum Clearance Requirement for Surface-Mounted Luminaire Installed in a Clothes Closet

Surface-mounted fluorescent luminaires in clothes closets shall be permitted on the wall above the door, or on the ceiling, provided there is a minimum clearance of _____ in. between the luminaire and the nearest point of a storage space.

a) 3
b) 6
c) 9
d) 12

See answer and applicable Code reference

The correct answer is: b) 6

Article 410 covers the requirements for luminaires, lampholders and lamps. Section 410.16 outlines the rules for installing luminaires in clothes closets. As noted in 410.16(C)(2), the minimum clearance between a surface-mounted fluorescent luminaire installed on the wall above the door or on the ceiling in a clothes closet and the nearest point of a closet storage space is 6 in.

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