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Old 03-03-2010, 02:26 PM   #16
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I would suggest you make your bottom of stair switches 3way or 4way as appropriate and then add game room switches to the top of the stairs. Also gameroom lights should be able to be turned on/off when entering/exiting the bedroom. Think nighttime, somone going to bathroom from bedroom and lights are off. You dont want them to need to walk across the gameroom to turn on a light. Or similarly, going to bed, turning off the lights then walking across a dark room.

Also, for gameroom, kids will leave on the lights. putting switches at the top of the stairs will make it easier to shut down the gameroom lights.

I agree about doing everything in 12/2. I did some work in an area where that was required. Yeah, 14 is easier to work with. I'll admit, i didn't follow that advice when doing my basement. I had a couple lighting circuits on 14. I did all the outlets on 12 tho.

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12/3 is a good idea for the overhead room lights. It gives you the option of installing a fan/light in the future.
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I would suggest you make your bottom of stair switches 3way or 4way as appropriate and then add game room switches to the top of the stairs. Also gameroom lights should be able to be turned on/off when entering/exiting the bedroom. Think nighttime, somone going to bathroom from bedroom and lights are off. You dont want them to need to walk across the gameroom to turn on a light. Or similarly, going to bed, turning off the lights then walking across a dark room.

Also, for gameroom, kids will leave on the lights. putting switches at the top of the stairs will make it easier to shut down the gameroom lights.

I agree about doing everything in 12/2. I did some work in an area where that was required. Yeah, 14 is easier to work with. I'll admit, i didn't follow that advice when doing my basement. I had a couple lighting circuits on 14. I did all the outlets on 12 tho.
Thank you for the idea of putting a game room light swithch outside the bedroom - I totally missed that concept! I also agree that it may be a good idea to put a switch for the game room at the top of the stairs, but that part of the house is pre-existing and I don't want to re-work it. I think it is not too bad to just have a game room light switch at the bottom of the stairs. Thanks again, you saved me a lot of work of having to go back later and add a switch by the bedroom door.
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Thank you for the idea of putting a game room light swithch outside the bedroom - I totally missed that concept! I also agree that it may be a good idea to put a switch for the game room at the top of the stairs, but that part of the house is pre-existing and I don't want to re-work it. I think it is not too bad to just have a game room light switch at the bottom of the stairs. Thanks again, you saved me a lot of work of having to go back later and add a switch by the bedroom door.
I'm just suggesting the top of the stairs because I did exactly what you are doing. I didn't want to re-work the top of the stairs, cut into the drywall, etc.

Everytime my kids (or me, or my wife) leave the lights on I kick myself. It wouldn't have been that much more work to pull some additional wire, put in a bigger box and patch some drywall. I'm the one who usually worries about the lights getting left on or there is discord cause I yell at the kids to go turn them off (not really but that's what dads are supposed to do, right?)

For me to do it now will involve a LOT more work and expense. I have looked into special programmable switches that can be controlled without special wiring but that's expensive and potentially complicated and unreliable.

Anyway, good luck.
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