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    Default Light switch required

    Is a light switch required just inside the front door of a single family home that controls the chandelier hanging in the front entry foyer? Or is it allowable for that switch to be about 15 feet or so inside house, away from the front door?

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    Default Re: Light switch required

    Other than for stairways and height, there are no requirements on the location of switches to control lights.

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Light switch required

    That's one of the quirks of the codes ... the codes do not address stupidity, common sense, or the lack of common sense.

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    Default Re: Light switch required

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    Other than for stairways and height, there are no requirements on the location of switches to control lights.
    I think you missed one.

    210.70(A)(3) Storage or Equipment Spaces. For attics, underfloor
    spaces, utility rooms, and basements, at least one lighting
    outlet containing a switch or controlled by a wall switch
    shall be installed where these spaces are used for storage or
    contain equipment requiring servicing. At least one point of
    control shall be at the usual point of entry to these spaces
    .
    The lighting outlet shall be provided at or near the equipment
    requiring servicing.


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    Default Re: Light switch required

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    That's one of the quirks of the codes ... the codes do not address stupidity, common sense, or the lack of common sense.
    true.


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    Default Re: Light switch required

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    That's one of the quirks of the codes ... the codes do not address stupidity, common sense, or the lack of common sense.
    Resurrecting and old one... Any changes to the code in this issue? I couldn't find any.


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    Default Re: Light switch required

    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 but was there another requirement that predates this?

    Don Hester
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