A couple of weeks ago we met with our new electrician who informed me that we would not be able to use our exposed CFL light sockets as planned due to the City of Philadelphia Electrical Code that requires all light fixtures to be covered. This bummed me out to say the least since we had been planning to use these from day one of the project.
After one of our readers, Jake, commented that he did not think that this code requirement was accurate, I decided to dive into the City of Philadelphia Building Code myself to find out. Unless I missed something, I think our pal Jake is right. There is a requirement to have ceiling fixtures in a bathroom shower covered, but besides that I did not see any other mention of covering fixtures or bulbs. So, as far as I’m concerned, the exposed fixtures are back on the table. Thanks to our reader, Jake, for prodding us to look deeper into this issue.
If you look closely in the image above (from the IndigoMODERN project via Jetson Green), you will see another take on the same concept. They are using exposed CFL’s just as we have planned over the bed, but to the right of the image they are using exposed spot lights that would normally go in a recessed can or flood light. There are plenty of CFL versions of these lights now that essentially have a standard CFL covered by a hardy glass sheild just like a normal recessed light would have. This could add some variety to our homes as far as the lighting goes without needed to change the fixtures planned anywhere.
For those of you interested in this exposed light fixture look without the limitations of our strict budget, check out these 10 ceiling socket fixtures from Remodelista.