Locate new bathroom fan switch?

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Old 06-29-18, 10:29 PM
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Locate new bathroom fan switch?

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I am installing bathroom fans in my two bathrooms that have never had any. I am wanting to locate the switch above the light switch about 6 ft high. The fans will turn on automatically by motion detection. I would like to put a switch in but not next to the light switch as I don't want it to be in a place that can be turned off without it being deliberate. Would the switch being mounted 6ft high be acceptable by code?

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Old 06-30-18, 04:51 AM
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Code does not dictate the bathroom fan switch location. Just don't put it so high that the motion sensor shoots over everyone without turning on the fan.
 
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Old 06-30-18, 04:55 AM
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Why do you need to located away from light switch. Most sensors do no not have a switch to hit accidentally. They have a flush or surface button the must be specifically hit to turn off the sensor.

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Old 06-30-18, 06:42 AM
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As an electrician I've installed motion sensors for customers fans but most have not liked it. The fan turns on every time someone enters regardless of the need. I've replaced many with the push button timer control. I use the same thing in my house.

These electronic pushbutton timers come in several different time choices.
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Old 06-30-18, 07:56 AM
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What brand is that pushbutton timer?
 
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Old 06-30-18, 08:29 AM
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I'll second Pete's timer suggestion. Best thing to happen to bathroom fans.

My other bathroom suggestion is a dimmer switch on the lights. Few people consider it, but there's something wonderful about waking up at 2am and not being blinded by the lights!

Joe,
I believe that's a Leviton timer. Works well and I like it that you can't accidentally leave it on for an extended period.
 
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Old 06-30-18, 08:37 AM
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Yes.... Leviton timer and I have a dimmer on the main bathroom light fixture over the mirror.
 
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Hi,
Thanks for the suggestions. The motion sensor is built into the Bathroom fan mounted on the ceiling and has programmable timer for shutdown. The switch will be just a normal on/off switch.

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