Is your closet light fixture safe? Keep reading so you can verify that it’s not going to cause any closet fire.
We rarely pay attention to our closet light fixtures for as long as they work. Stacking cardboard boxes and plastic bags filled with old clothing or Christmas gifts wrapping paper against that exposed, glowing light bulb can easily and pretty fast result in a closet fire.
Would you please go and check you closet light fixtures right now…
Don’t start a closet fire and burn your house down either; it doesn’t take that much effort. Improperly installed closet lights and wrong types of closet light fixtures might easily create a closet fire. All it takes is a turned ON exposed incandescent type light bulb, and a piece of your clothing, or other combustible type material touching it or just being close to it.
Every time you turn that closet light fixture ON, ignition temperature of a combustible material next to the light bulb will gradually drop. You might not even notice when the closet fire starts until is too late… at least make sure that you have functional smoke alarms.
Locations / minimum clearances between the closet light fixtures and the closest storage space that improve your chances for preventing closet fire:
Closet light recessed in the wall or ceiling
Surface mounted fluorescent or LED closet lights are permitted only if identified for such installation.
There’s actually one more, very safe and not listed in the electrical code book – battery type
For different types of clothes closet light fixtures check this Q&A concerning closet track lighting
Now it is time for you to check if your closet light fixture presents a hazard and can be responsible for a closet fire.
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This article was written by Dariusz Rudnicki
I'm a retired Illinois home inspector, founder and editor of checkthishouse.com, a blog which attracts around 2 thousand readers daily and is dedicated to answering the many questions of home owners and home buyers. Connect with me on Google+ Find me on Google+ Local