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    Default Stairway lights and hallway lights are tied.

    That's a new constructed 2 story duplex
    upstairs hallway is long(appx.50ft) and stairs in the end of the hallway

    The issue is the light(1) for stairs and hallway lights (3) are on/off together with 4-way s/w(1 is downstairs, 2 are at the both end of the hallway.

    mostly, stairway light is controlled by 3-way s/w and another 3-way switches for the hallway should installed at the both end of the hallway, right?

    But I want to know what is the good reason of hallway lights should not tied with stairway light.

    Thank you for the any replies

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    Default Re: Stairway lights and hallway lights are tied.

    That is a design issue, not a code issue . I don't see what you think the problem is.

    All answers based on unamended National Electrical codes.

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    Default Re: Stairway lights and hallway lights are tied.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Im View Post
    But I want to know what is the good reason of hallway lights should not tied with stairway light.
    I'm not sure there is a good reason to separate the stair lights from the hallway lights ... a reason, yes, but not a good reason - so the stair lights can be left on all night with the hallway lights being 'off'.

    A good reason to have the lights all together is going down stairs, turning the lights off, then realizing that you now have to go back upstairs to turn the hallway lights off ...

    It's a design choice.

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    Default Re: Stairway lights and hallway lights are tied.

    Looks good from here...

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    Default Re: Stairway lights and hallway lights are tied.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc M View Post
    Looks good from here...
    That's because all the lights were on.

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    Default Re: Stairway lights and hallway lights are tied.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Im View Post
    That's a new constructed 2 story duplex
    upstairs hallway is long(appx.50ft) and stairs in the end of the hallway

    The issue is the light(1) for stairs and hallway lights (3) are on/off together with 4-way s/w(1 is downstairs, 2 are at the both end of the hallway.

    mostly, stairway light is controlled by 3-way s/w and another 3-way switches for the hallway should installed at the both end of the hallway, right?

    But I want to know what is the good reason of hallway lights should not tied with stairway light.

    Thank you for the any replies
    This isn't what you asked for, but to round out the discussion . . .
    The NEC requires switches at both the top and bottom of any significant stairs because without light, people can fall. The NEC normally doesn't require switches at both ends of a hallway because you can't add code requirements based solely on wanting to help people avoid exercise.


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    Default Re: Stairway lights and hallway lights are tied.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    That's because all the lights were on.
    And has good eyesight as well.

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    Default Re: Stairway lights and hallway lights are tied.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc M View Post
    Looks good from here...
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    That's because all the lights were on.
    Looks even better in the dark.


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