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What's Wrong Here?

Hint: This gives new meaning to the phrase “adjustable light fixture.”

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. Joe Tedesco, who has a knack for finding shoddy electrical work, did the dirty work and found this mess. Now it's your turn to identify the violation.


The bottom line is recessed luminaires (fixtures) are not permitted to be installed in a pull-down stairwell. The requirements for installation can be found in Art. 410, Part XI [Special Provisions for Flush and Recessed Luminaires (Fixtures)]. As per 410.64, luminaires (fixtures) installed in recessed cavities in walls or ceilings shall comply with 410.65 through 410.72.

This photo was submitted by Joseph Hagarty of HouseMaster, Main Line, Pa.

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