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    Default Light/exhaust fan combo?

    When we first moved into our NJ house a year ago, an electrician told us that we would not be able to install the surface mount light fixture we had bought because any lighting near or above a bath/shower had to be recessed lighting. I am going to install an exhaust fan and I see that there are several light/fan combos in the exact same surface-mount style we wanted to install originally. Is what he said correct--that because this is not a recessed style we can't install it above the shower even if it has an exhaust fan inside it?

    Also, this bathroom is extremely tiny. Picture looking up at the ceiling and seeing an "L" shape. This L is the available flat surface for a light/fan combo. The longer section if the L sits just above a bath tub and is that same size approximately. The shorter section is above the vanity. There is also a sloped section of ceiling that extends downward from the short section of the L parallel and alongside the longer section of the L. What is the most appropriate place for an exhaust fan in this type of room--a light/fan combo on one of the flat sections of the L or an exhaust fan on the slope vented directly out to the roof? With the shower curtain blocking the only available light from the vanity, it would be nice to get some light into the tub...

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Light/exhaust fan combo?

    Could you provide a link for the light/fan so we can see what product you are describing?
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    Default Re: Light/exhaust fan combo?

    There are various models, but something like this is what I'm talking about:

    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...202&lpage=none

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    Default Re: Light/exhaust fan combo?

    It seems the base of the fixture is exposed metal which is a shock hazard if installed in the shower area. Because it's a surface mount this wouldn't be acceptable or approved to be installed in a wet area such as a shower.

    Depending on your local code it may be the fixture wouldn't be able to be installed any closer than 3 feet to the shower.
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    Default Re: Light/exhaust fan combo?

    Ceiling height is 8 feet.

    THanks for all your help!

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    Default Re: Light/exhaust fan combo?

    Quote Originally Posted by nugentcn View Post
    Ceiling height is 8 feet.

    THanks for all your help!
    There needs to be a 8'above the water level of the tub when it is full to install the fixture above the tub. so your electrician was right not to install it.
    Harry

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