bathtubWe have all seen the photos of the sparkly crystal chandelier over the romantic claw-foot tub and  for that reason we actually have quite a few clients who want this glamorous look.

I fully understand. It just looks so-o-o wonderfully decadent. BUT – here comes what I always tell my clients:

Electricity and water do not mix. Period!
Someone might just one day reach up and touch the chandelier. You can’t tell from looking at it if  it is properly grounded or not or if it has  a short that’s otherwise not obvious.
Standing well-grounded in a bathtub full of water,  THAT’s a recipe for disaster!
Ok,ok, YOU of course won’t EVER think of doing that, but what about your house guests?

Another point to think of:  Working day-to-day in a lighting showroom and seeing first-hand what a mess it is when a light bulb breaks, I for sure don’t want to share my bath water with those little sharp pieces! A single drop of water hitting a lit bulb can easily cause a light to burst .

So, where can you hang that romantic chandelier in your bathroom?  Here are the NEC guidelines:

The National Elecric Code states:

410.4(D) Bathtub and Shower Areas. No parts of cord-connected luminaires (fixtures), hanging luminaires (fixtures), lighting track, pendants, or ceiling-suspended (paddle) fans shall be located within a zone measured 900 mm (3 ft) horizontally and 2.5 m (8 ft) vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold. This zone is all encompassing and includes the zone directly over the tub or shower stall.

My tip: Use candles around the tub for romance and hang the chandelier at a safe distance from any running water.

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