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A foot candle is a measurement of the amount of light in an area. Walk-in refrigerators, dry food storage, and other rooms require at least 10 foot candles during cleaning. 

Self-service displays such as buffets, salad bars, fresh produce, reach-in and under-counter refrigerators, handwashing, warewashing, equipment/utensil storing areas, and bathrooms all require 20 foot candles. All food preparation areas must be well lit with at least 50 foot candles of lighting.


  1. Foot candles are a measurement of light

  2. Tasks require different amounts of light

  3. Food preparation areas must be very well-lit