- Feb 23, 2002
- Professional Status
- Certified Residential Appraiser
HUD says "no exposed wiring in living areas" in HUDCLIPs. Very vague. My scenario or question: Bare light bulb hanging from socket at the end of 2-3 ft plain cords from ceiling in laundry area and also in hallway, both living areas. Cords are insulated of course and lights operate from switches without chains although they have the appearance of the old chain type. Owner does not want to install flush or ceiling/wall light fixtures. He said the lights were proper under the code when it was built (1920s). Wiring appears new, is not frayed. I always required flush fixtures on FHA with all exposed bulbs covered even on fans, except in bath areas that have decorative bulb type fixtures above sinks. A line of thought here is that chandeliers have similar hanging cords with exposed bulbs, although most are secured with chains. Why would this be any different (aside from looks) from a technical standpoint or is it? I need help today if possible. Chapter and verse if you have any.