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    Default Rule regarding light switch at either end of residential hallway

    Is there a documented rule, code, etc...regarding a requirement for a light switch at either end of a typical residential bedroom-type hallway, approximately 15 foot hallway. Most often I see a switch at either end of a residential hallway, but not always. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Rule regarding light switch at either end of residential hallway

    Quote Originally Posted by Gene South View Post
    Is there a documented rule, code, etc...regarding a requirement for a light switch at either end of a typical residential bedroom-type hallway, approximately 15 foot hallway. Most often I see a switch at either end of a residential hallway, but not always. Thanks.
    I don't think so.
    There is a requirement for switches at each end of a stair case.

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    Default Re: Rule regarding light switch at either end of residential hallway

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    I don't think so.
    Correct.

    There is a requirement for switches at each end of a stair case.
    And at intermediate landings if there is a door or opening at the landing which allows one to enter or exit the stairway.

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    Default Re: Rule regarding light switch at either end of residential hallway

    Jerry, there is something about 6 steps or more as a condition also. I am not need the book.

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    Jerry, there is something about 6 steps or more as a condition also. I am not need the book.

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    Default Re: Rule regarding light switch at either end of residential hallway

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Port View Post
    Jerry, there is something about 6 steps or more as a condition also. I am not need the book.
    Jim,

    I think you are right about 6 or some number of steps, but I don't have my code handy either.

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    Default Re: Rule regarding light switch at either end of residential hallway

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Port View Post
    Jerry, there is something about 6 steps or more as a condition also. I am not need the book.
    Jim you are correct from the 2014 NEC
    210.70(A)(2)(c)

    (c) Where one or more lighting outlet(s) are installed for interior stairways, there shall be a wall switch at each floor level, and landing level that includes an entryway, to control the lighting outlet(s) where the stairway between floor levels has six risers or more.


    Exception to (A)(2)(a), (A)(2)(b), and (A)(2)(c): In hallways, in stairways, and at outdoor entrances, remote, central, or automatic control of lighting shall be permitted.


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