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Old 01-26-2008, 09:51 AM   #1
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I want to install some combination nightlight / outlets on my stairway. Is this allowed?

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What are the outlets going to be used for?

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It doesn't matter. There would be nothing prohibiting them.
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I'm thinking more along the lines of cord safety. You don't want to trip on an exposed cord while on the stairs. You could get a boo boo.

Why would you want a plug on the stairs anyway? Maybe at the top, bottom or on a landing for use when running a vacuum or something.

Nightlights I understand.
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I'm thinking more along the lines of cord safety. You don't want to trip on an exposed cord while on the stairs. You could get a boo boo.
Oh, I understand this, but the NEC apparently does not care if there is a receptacle there.
Common sense is another issue entirely.
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I want to install some combination nightlight / outlets on my stairway. Is this allowed?
I'm a little confused. Do you already have receptacles in your stair case? If so, there is nothing wrong with using them for nightlights. If you do not already have the receptacles and are considering installing them just for the purpose of plugging in some nightlights then I would consider the following:

1. Low-voltage lighting. There are several styles that are designed exactly for this purpose and will blend nicely. In fact, most are designed to be installed flush to the fronts of the stair risers with the wiring hidden behind. You could control them via low voltage switch, photocell or timer. Installing low voltage instead of line voltage wiring would be much less complicated for a DIY'er (assuming that you intend on installing yourself).

2. If you already have lighting in the stairway, another easy alternative would be to install a dimmer, perhaps one with a programable light level that could be selected at night (Lutron makes them).

Either of these would be a better solution, at least aesthetically.

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Thanks for the replies! I've belong to other forums and sometimes have waited forever for any answers. FYI it is new construction and I found some lights I wanted to order that included a night light and a single outlet and I was wondering if the codes would prevent the outlet as it could present a trip hazard with an extension cord. Thanks again. I've include the website if anyone wants to see the lights in question.

http://www.pegasusassociates.com/Nig...allOutlet.html
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Wouldn't this do as well? There's no outlet, but do you need one there?
This one is a little cheaper.
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Yes, that would work. My wife (the boss) doesn't like louvers though. Thanks.

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I kind of like those myself. We have night lights all over the place...this is a better alternative.

I wonder if you could get one of these with GFCI plug on it. This would be great for a bathroom. You know... for those night time visits.

Anybody over 50 will understand what I'm talking about .
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These are pretty nice they are a little pricey but are low voltage halogen would be a nice blending type light. Point on the alternate view by the image to see the entire unit



http://www.lightson.co.nz/productvie...g.asp?CID=C014

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Great, now my wife wants the $70 light.
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LMAO

Women. Gotta love 'em!
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You don't think your wife is worth a couple 70 dollar lights? Hell I spend that fueling my truck every week.

WOA....don't let her see your answer to this......
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Tell her that you don't need night lights, when she's the light of your life.

You might get lucky or she'll just put on her hip waders.

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