Closet light switch to code

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Old 07-19-15, 08:58 PM
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Exclamation Closet light switch to code

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We'd like to add a fluorescent strip light in a coat closet and instead of flipping a switch, want it to be "automatic" by using a normally closed contact switch in the door jamb (like a fridge). I know how to do this readily, but have no idea how to do it to code or if it's allowed at all.

Can anyone help?

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Old 07-19-15, 09:34 PM
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They sell switches for that that meet code.

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Yup - that's it. Thanks Ray.

Question: What kind of cabling is run to it? NM-B?
 
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NM-B is by far the most common.
 
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Old 07-20-15, 10:50 AM
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You run a switch loop to the plunger. After installing one you will probably never want to install another one.
 
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I agree they are really a pain to run but they are very convenient. We have them in a couple of linen closets as well as a couple of small guest coat closets in our entry foyer.
 
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Or a low voltage magnetic switch and a relay.
 
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Or a low voltage magnetic switch and a relay.
Certainly a viable solution but much more complicated and difficult for a DIY person to do in most cases.
 
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I put a motion detector in the closet - so when you open the door the light comes on.

Something like this:

Lutron Maestro 2 Amp Single-Pole Occupancy Sensing Switch - White-MS-OPS2H-WH - The Home Depot

Might be a bit easier to add a work box and fish a cable up the wall.
 
 

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