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gregdonovan 06-19-2009 04:14 PM

doorknobs and light switches
 
does code require that a lightswitch be on the same side of a doorway as the doorknob?

i realize it is more ergonomic/functional to have it that way but is it a requirement?

thanks.

PaliBob 06-19-2009 04:51 PM

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Originally Posted by gregdonovan (Post 289997)
does code require that a lightswitch be on the same side of a doorway as the doorknob?....

All I know is that they are required for every habitable room and you cannot put them on the floor or the ceiling.

darren 06-19-2009 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by PaliBob (Post 290019)
All I know is that they are required for every habitable room and you cannot put them on the floor or the ceiling.

But how fun it would be to wire up someones house and put all the switches in the ceiling, the look on there face would be priceless.

Scuba_Dave 06-19-2009 06:09 PM

I've always had the bathroom lights switch on the outside
Bedrooms & other rooms on the inside
Walk-in closet on the outside

What if the person did not have arms & wanted floor switches?

wrangler 06-19-2009 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 290052)
I've always had the bathroom lights switch on the outside
Bedrooms & other rooms on the inside
Walk-in closet on the outside

What if the person did not have arms & wanted floor switches?

Guess they wouldn't be in the market for a 'clapper' either?

Scuba_Dave 06-19-2009 06:18 PM

A stamper maybe?

wrangler 06-19-2009 06:19 PM

That would work... as long as there are no little ones around that are in the habit of throwing fits.

gregdonovan 06-20-2009 12:24 AM

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Originally Posted by PaliBob (Post 290019)
All I know is that they are required for every habitable room and you cannot put them on the floor or the ceiling.

well crap, there goes that plan...

thanks.

kbsparky 06-20-2009 05:55 AM

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Originally Posted by gregdonovan (Post 289997)
does code require that a lightswitch be on the same side of a doorway as the doorknob?....

Nope. While this is a convenience issue, it is not a Code violation to locate a wall switch behind a door.

petey_c 06-20-2009 08:41 AM

wrangler, "That would work... as long as there are no little ones around that are in the habit of throwing fits." There's a similar reason for not instaling the "clapper" in Honeymoon suites....

drtbk4ever 06-20-2009 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 290052)
I've always had the bathroom lights switch on the outside

How do you keep everyone from turning the lights off on you and leaving you sitting in the dark? In the one place I lived with the switches like that it was regular practice to turn the light off as you walked by.

zpm 06-20-2009 09:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 290052)
I've always had the bathroom lights switch on the outside

What's your reasoning for that? It just seems "wrong".

adpanko 06-20-2009 10:14 AM

Switch not required to be on knob side
 
We recently had a new front door installed, and the place ordered and installed the opposite swing from what it was supposed to be. So after the install, the door knob was on the right side of the door, instead of the left, like it was prior. And the light switches were on the left side too. So I did some investigating and found that it wasn't a violation of NEC, which doesn't stipulate what side the switches have to be on. But it the door swing direction was more an issue of natural flow into/out of the house. where the switches were, where the mailbox was, etc. And in case you're wondering, the door company replaced the door at no cost to get it back to the proper swing direction.

flyboy2610 06-20-2009 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by drtbk4ever (Post 290259)
How do you keep everyone from turning the lights off on you and leaving you sitting in the dark?

I was wondering the same thing.
Could be kind of funny, though!:whistling2:

Scuba_Dave 06-20-2009 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by zpm (Post 290272)
What's your reasoning for that? It just seems "wrong".

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Originally Posted by drtbk4ever (Post 290259)
How do you keep everyone from turning the lights off on you and leaving you sitting in the dark? In the one place I lived with the switches like that it was regular practice to turn the light off as you walked by.

Outside lighted switch controls one overhead light
Going towartds the bathroom at night it allows you to easily turn on the light
There are 2 more switches by the toilet, one controls the overhead fan
The other controls the 3 light vanity
In addition there are 2 LED lights in the bathroom
At nite I don't even use the light

2nd floor bathroom has basically the same setup


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