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kinji5
Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

Hello,

Can an outlet be placed 12 inches off the floor next to the vanity?

Thanks,

dj1
Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

As far as I know, NEC says: in bathrooms outlets should be 4' high.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

Do you need it there for one of them heated outlet bidet kits?

kinji5
Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom
dj1 wrote:

As far as I know, NEC says: in bathrooms outlets should be 4' high.

Thanks for Replying, but I have seen it in new bathrooms where the outlet is located behind a toilet. That is 12" off the floor.

kinji5
Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

Do you need it there for one of them heated outlet bidet kits?

The toilet in my bathroom is on the opposite wall of the vanity.
I was looking to have the outlet next to the vanity off the floor because of convinence. I do have an outlet off to the side above the vanity.

But if a outlet can be placed behind a toilet why can't it be placed next to a vanity?

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

Contact your local electrical building inspector. He'll tell you the information specific to your town.

As long as its GFI, I think you should be fine.

Brad
Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

As long as you have a receptacle within 3' of the basin an additional one is fine. ALL bathroom receps must be GFCI protected.

Brad
Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom
dj1 wrote:

As far as I know, NEC says: in bathrooms outlets should be 4' high.

Can you cite that code article?

MLB Construction
Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

you can install an outlet anywhere in a bathroom except in the floor and you can install as many as you want. obviously the GFCI rule stands. and, to my knowledge, there's no rule that states there must be one within 3 feet of the basin. the old rule was that if there was an outlet within 3 feet of a basin that it must be a GFCI. but now, at least in massachusetts, all outlets in a bathroom and on a kitchen countertop must be GFCI protected. also, all bedrooms and the diningroom must have arc fault breakers.

dj1
Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom
brrichter wrote:

Can you cite that code article?

Correction: recommended to be 42" high (NECA.1-110.12)

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

NEC 210.52 (D) Bathrooms. In dwelling units, at least one receptacle
outlet shall be installed in bathrooms within 900 mm (3 ft)
of the outside edge of each basin. The receptacle outlet
shall be located on a wall or partition that is adjacent to the
basin or basin countertop, or installed on the side or face of
the basin cabinet not more than 300 mm (12 in.) below the
countertop.

Jack

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