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What's Wrong Here? Hint: This was no plumbing accident.

Can you identify the Code violation(s) in this photo?






How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify? Here’s your chance to moonlight as an electrical inspector and second-guess someone else’s work from the safety of your living room or office. Can you identify the Code violation(s) in this photo? Note: Submitted comments must include specific references from the 2011 NEC.

Hint: This was no plumbing accident.


‘Tell Them What They’ve Won...’

Using the 2011 NEC, correctly identify the Code violation(s) in this month’s photo — in 200 words or less — and you could win a $50 gift check. E-mail your response, including your name and mailing address, to [email protected], and Russ will select three winners (excluding manufacturers and prior winners) at random from the correct submissions. Note that submissions without an address will not be eligible to win.


May Winners

Our three winners this month were: Michael Jay Robinson, an electrical designer for RK&K, Baltimore; Joseph A. Peluso, an electrical engineer with Peluso Engineering, Boca Raton, Fla.; and Marat Gorenshteyn, an electrical engineer and project manager for Spieler & Ricca Electric, Long Island City, N.Y. They were all able to correctly cite the violations with this closet light installation.

Section 410.16 specifically and clearly prohibits open-type incandescent luminaires or lampholders from being installed in clothes closets. Sections 410.16(A) and (C) permit only certain types of luminaires in clothes closets, including completely enclosed surface-mounted incandescent or LED  luminaires on the ceiling or on the wall above the door installed at least 12 in. from storage space; surface-mounted fluorescent luminaires on the wall above the door or on the ceiling installed at least 6 in. from storage space; recessed fluorescent luminaires and completely enclosed recessed LED and incandescent luminaires installed in the wall or ceiling at least 6 in. from storage space; and surface-mounted LED and fluorescent  luminaires specifically designed for installation in closet storage spaces. The shadow around the lampholder appears to create the illusion that the lampholder is not secured to the ceiling; however, there actually is a shallow box installed for this fixture to be secured to.

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