Electrical – Did I mount this light too close to a post


I was adding 2 new additional basement lights today, I thought I was doing a good job of mounting everything correctly and securing the wire.

My Basement

However when I finished and got someone else to look at it they pointed out that I may have mounted the lights too close to the beam.

Light bulb mounted in corner, between beam, and post

I mounted them in that position because it would still let me crawl between the posts without hitting the lights, and It was easy to work on as I could sit on the concrete pier.

Wide angle of light mounted to beam

My question is: Is this light mounted too close the post? What electrical code dictates the minimum distance between the light and wood?

I'd like to not have to not have to take them down, but if It wouldn't pass inspection I'd definitely re-do it.

Best Answer

With CFL or LED, this shouldn't be an issue

The only plausible Code issue with this situation is NEC 410.11 with regards to luminaires near combustible materials. Practically speaking, though, you'll never exceed the 90°C limit the Code imposes with a normally functioning CFL or LED bulb, and even with an incandescent, the chances are rather low unless you leave the lamp burning 24/7/365.