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    Default Habitable space lighting requirements, switched lights.

    Does anyone know when it was first required that you need a switched light in a room. I see the 210.70 first shows in 1981 NEC but was there another requirement that predates this?

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    Default Re: Habitable space lighting requirements, switched lights.

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Hester View Post
    Does anyone know when it was first required that you need a switched light in a room. I see the 210.70 first shows in 1981 NEC but was there another requirement that predates this?
    That would be 210-26 in the 1975 NEC.

    That required lighting fixture locations was added to the 1975 NEC.

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    Default Re: Habitable space lighting requirements, switched lights.

    Jerry, Thank you so much. I have a gap in my code books there. Looks like I need a 75 code book

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    Default Re: Habitable space lighting requirements, switched lights.

    Just a side comment. The requirement is for a switch controlled lighting outlet, not an actual fixture.

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    Default Re: Habitable space lighting requirements, switched lights.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Port View Post
    Just a side comment. The requirement is for a switch controlled lighting outlet, not an actual fixture.
    Right, for a wall switch controlled lighting outlet
    - From the 1975 NEC
    - - 210-26. Lighting Outlets Required. Lighting outlets shall be installed where specified in (a) and (b) below:
    - - - (a) Dwelling-Type Occupancies. At least one wall switch controlled lighting outlet shall be installed in every habitable room; in hallways, stairways, and attached garages; and at outdoor entrances.
    - - - - - At least one lighting outlet shall be installed in an attic, underfloor space, utility room and basement where used for storage or containing equipment requiring servicing.
    - - - - Exception No. 1: In habitable rooms, other than kitchens or bathrooms, one or more receptacles controlled by a wall switch shall be permitted in lieu of lighting outlets.
    - - - - Exception No. 2: In hallways, stairways, and at outdoor entrances remote, central, or automatic control of lighting shall be permitted.
    - - - (b) Guest Rooms. At least one wall switch controlled lighting outlet or wall switch controlled receptacle shall be installed in guest rooms in hotels, motels, or similar occupancies.

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    Default Re: Habitable space lighting requirements, switched lights.

    Jim, Good point and correct. I know sometimes when I ask some questions that I am being a bit loose with terminology/definition.

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