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(A) Luminaire Types Permitted
Only luminaires of the following types shall be permitted in a clothes closet:
  1. Surface-mounted or recessed incandescent or LED luminaires with completely enclosed light sources
  2. Surface-mounted or recessed fluorescent luminaires
  3. Surface-mounted fluorescent or LED luminaires identified as suitable for installation within the clothes closet storage space
(B) Luminaire Types Not Permitted
Incandescent luminaires with open or partially enclosed lamps and pendant luminaires or lampholders shall not be permitted.
(C) Location
The minimum clearance between luminaires installed in clothes closets and the nearest point of a clothes closet storage space shall be as follows:
  1. 300 mm (12 in.) for surface-mounted incandescent or LED luminaires with a completely enclosed light source installed on the wall above the door or on the ceiling.
  2. 150 mm (6 in.) for surface-mounted fluorescent luminaires installed on the wall above the door or on the ceiling.
  3. 150 mm (6 in.) for recessed incandescent or LED luminaires with a completely enclosed light source installed in the wall or the ceiling.
  4. 150 mm (6 in.) for recessed fluorescent luminaires installed in the wall or the ceiling.
  5. Surface-mounted fluorescent or LED luminaires shall be permitted to be installed within the clothes closet storage space where identified for this use.

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410.16 Equipment for General Use, Luminaires in Clothes Closets
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