In a residential dwelling unit of a high rise building, would a drum light fixture (7"h x 14"d) qualify as an obstruction?
It’s a concealed head in a residential unit of a senior living building.
The contractor – of course – doe not have exact dimensions because it wasn’t reflected on the plans and was added later as a lighting option and only caught by my inspectors during Rough-In. As it is installed, the head is a few inches from the fixture in some units and “a few feet” in others. They want to add a head on the other side of the light, approximately 3 feet -4 feet away citing NFPA 13 188.8.131.52.1.4.
I feel that the light, while an obstruction, doesn’t count as continuous nor does it meet the requirements of a baffle, so if they want to add another head it’d have to be at least 6 feet away to prevent cold solder.
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