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Old 11-03-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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Stair lighting!

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Im new and am looking for help please. Can someone tell me the code requirements for lighting indoor stairs? We are building a timber frame home and the staircase going up to the master has 6-8 steps to a landing and then it turns 90 degrees and goes up another 6-8 steps. We cannot have overhead lighting due to SIPS. My builder is telling me I MUST have stair lights. Cant I just have sconces that point light down on each of the 2 flights? Im looking for help here as I have found discrepancies with this builder and I have been right. I am a registered nurse by education and an now distrustful of his knowledge. Thanks so much in advance!!!!


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Old 11-03-2008, 11:20 PM   #2
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I don't know if you live in USA or Canada the code may change a little on this matter.

First thing first you will need two 3ways switches one at bottom of the stair and one at top of the stairs.

Now for the luminaires there are few choices depending on the code you can have scrone luminaires or recessed luminaires depending on the set up.

Check with your building inspectors to see what their option on that set up { expect to see few differnt answer come up with this }



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Old 11-03-2008, 11:21 PM   #3
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The International Residential Code requires the following...

R303.6 Stairway Illumination. .....Interior stairways shall be provided with an artificial light source located in the immediate vicinity of each landing of the stairway. For interior stairs the artificial light sources shall be capable of illuminating treads and landings to levels not less than one foot-candles measured at the center of treads and landings.
Exception. An artificial light source is not required at the top and bottom landing, provided an artificial light source is located directly over each stairway section.
R303.6.1 Light Activation. The control (switch) for activation of the required interior stairway lighting shall be accessible at the top and bottom of each stairway without traversing any steps.
Exception. Lights that are continuously illuminated or automatically controlled.

None of that says that you have to have stair tread lights. Sconces are commonly used at stairs, but you may need more than one to get the job done.
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