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DangerMouse 07-22-2010 03:02 PM

Code for switches in a hallway
 
Am I going to be required to have 2 switches, one at each end, for a hallway that will run somewhere between 16 and 20 feet? (We haven't decided that part yet, but that darn door will go in there SOMEWHERES!) I seem to remember code saying "yup I do." Or is just one switch OK?

Thanks guys!

DM

DangerMouse 07-22-2010 09:04 PM

No-one???? I guess I need to wait for the night shift.....?

DM

Scuba_Dave 07-22-2010 09:10 PM

I have a switch at each end of my 20' hallway
Just easier, not sure about code
I'd wire it with 2 switches

Yoyizit 07-22-2010 09:11 PM

Hope this helps
http://books.google.com/books?id=sK3...%20NEC&f=false

DangerMouse 07-22-2010 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yoyizit (Post 473763)

It might, if I wasn't on dialup.... looks to be 3 hours before the page finishes loading.... LOL

DM

Yoyizit 07-22-2010 09:23 PM

"A 2008 Pew Internet and American Life Project study states that only 10 percent of American adults still use dial-up Internet access"
And I don't have a credit card, ATM card or cell phone.

So the dialup version of this
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...t:429,r:35,s:0
is that you quickly get a sentence that says "She is very pretty?" :laughing:

Red Squirrel 07-22-2010 09:55 PM

Dialup? What's that? LOL.

I personally would go ahead and have two on a 3 way circuit, just easier.

I have a small hallway, if it even counts as that, and I have two switches. I could almost reach both if I spread my arms lol. Still comes in handy regardless. There are a few steps before the hall so I can turn it on as I'm going up, or turn it on if I'm already up.

nap 07-22-2010 09:56 PM

first, why would you not put in a set of 3 ways?

from what I could see from a quick read;

you do not have to have switches at each end of a hallway. You do have to have switches at each end of a stairway. Maybe that is what you were thinking of.

RST 07-23-2010 12:06 AM

Multiple switches are required on both ends of stairwell. I'm 99% sure there is no code requirement for multiple switches in a hallway. I remember that, because it seems odd to me. I guess the thinking is that there is minimal safety hazard to having just one switch.

My hallway has one switch, in the middle (where you enter it), and it is annoying. I find I don't use the light very much, I rely on light from other rooms and the nightlight in the bathroom.

Reminds me of this quote, which I think is a good argument for 2 switches:
“If you built to the minimum standards of the Code, then you would only have achieved the worst building that the law will allow.” Tony Gibbs


RST

P.S. I know that quote is also someone's signature on here, sorry, I forgot who.

nap 07-23-2010 01:28 AM

Quote:

[I]“If you built to the minimum standards of the Code, then you would only have achieved the worst building that the law will allow.” Tony Gibbs
I like that.

frenchelectrican 07-23-2010 02:09 AM

For 20 feet hallway IMO it will be wiser have 2 - 3 way switches one on each end.

It make more easier to find it and also if you can get one with lighted handle that will help ya find a bit quicker.

Unless you carry the remote control then it will be nice.

Merci.
Marc

DangerMouse 07-23-2010 08:30 AM

Yup, that must be what I was thinking of..... stairways.
Thanks to all who helped. Now that I have the facts, the wife and I are discussing how we want it.

DM

secutanudu 07-23-2010 08:34 AM

DM,

I'd tell you to call your local code office to find out for sure, but I'm not sure if your rotary phone would be compatible with their system!

:jester::laughing::whistling2:

DangerMouse 07-23-2010 08:40 AM

They don't have telephones yet, we communicate with the office with smoke signals and drums.

DM

secutanudu 07-23-2010 08:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dangermouse (Post 473926)
they don't have telephones yet, we communicate with the office with smoke signals and drums.

Dm

zing!


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