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Unread 10-24-2007, 09:10 AM   #1
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Lights for steam shower

Can anyone tell me what they know about lights for steam showers. Besides being a pain that is.
I'm part way through a job and was about to mud up the steam shower ceiling yesterday when I realized the lights the electrician had put in were regular pot lights! The electrician was on the job site so I asked him and he knew nothing about vapor proof lights. He phoned his wholesaler and they said they knew less then him and to let them know what we figured out. ?! They did say, "Gee, we've been asked this before." Not much help!

So, any of you folks got a brand name or style etc that we might use.

Much appreciated

Of course now I have to let the customer know there will be a hold up. That is always a nice part of the job.
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Unread 10-24-2007, 10:20 AM   #2
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While a vapor proof fixture is probably the best way to go, if your ceiling has a regular can in there and removing it is cost prohibitive, there is a hack solution:

Silicone a regular wet-loc trim fixture over the bulb. Changing the bulb will require slicing out the silicone and recaulking, but that might be less of a headache (every 2 years) than fixing everything now. I know it's a hack, but it passed my inspection.
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Unread 10-24-2007, 10:23 AM   #3
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Because we live on the coast there are marine supply and boat yards everywhere...They have been the most help for steam shower lights. IN my and my dad's own steam showers we used exterior marine grade fixtures and have had good luck with them. We've directed many others in this way as well with no compliants.
I would talk to someone who knew more about it...but that may be a good first step if no one else can help.
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