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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.

Tips

  1. Foot candles are a measurement of light

  2. Tasks require different amounts of light

  3. Food preparation areas must be very well-lit