Placing a light switch outside bedroom

Old 08-11-03, 05:30 AM
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Placing a light switch outside bedroom


I'm planning a bedroom remodeling job that includes a new wall with doorway. Due several complications it will be very difficult to place the light switch for the bedroom on the interior wall, opposite the door hinges. Should I have any concerns with placing a light switch for a bedroom on the exterior wall and not on an interior wall?

Old 08-11-03, 06:09 AM
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How difficult is very difficult? If I were you I would try to get that switch inside of the room. I have to admit I've never seen a bedroom light switch placed outside of the room. For a closet it might be acceptable, but I don't think it is proper for a bedroom. Not sure what the code says on this. John Nelson should have the answer for you.
Old 08-11-03, 08:19 PM
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The NEC says that "at least one wall switch-controlled lighting outlet shall be installed in every habitable room and bathroom." A switched receptacle is permitted as an alternative.

I think it should be okay to put the switch outside the room as long as it is still near the door. There is some discussion in the code about the "customary wall swith location," with no definition of that term. I have a memory of something about the switch needing to be "near" the main entrance to the room, but I cannot find that requirement spelled out in the code (maybe I just made it up).

Ask your inspector for an interpretation.

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