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    Exclamation Ceiling height code?

    I understand that the code for the base of a light fixture is 7'6" above finished floor (AFF). However, a contractor I am working with says he can have the ceiling at 7' in one area of the space, by code. How does this work? The area has recessed cans. Any advice?

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    Default Re: Ceiling height code?

    What Code? The National Electrical Code does not limit height unless water is involved.

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    Default Re: Ceiling height code?

    in general the minimum height for a habitable room is 7'-6". A non-habitable room like a half bath or closet can be 7'.
    In a non-commercial space I never heard of a code for light fixture height, but then I never had it come up. If the 7' is in one area like a corner or bulkhead it probably would be allowed.
    I guess I'm not quite clear on what you are doing.

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    Default Re: Ceiling height code?

    the code for the base of a light fixture is 7'6" above finished floor

    ***. That's gonna put the light bulbs in those wall sconces mighty close to an 8' ceiling, let alone a 7' 6" ceiling.

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    Default Re: Ceiling height code?

    And I'm gonna have to cut a hole in the dining room ceiling to get that chandelier raised up into the attic.

    Hmmmmm.......What about the light over the pool table?????
    HTH

    Dave

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    Default Re: Ceiling height code?

    Hmmmmm.......What about the light over the pool table?????

    Assuming your pool table is in the basement......just dig a pit and lower it in.

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