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Old 03-24-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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Hi all,

The stairway leading to my basement has a light only at the bottom, so the steps are not very well lit and a little dangerous at times. I'd like to add a fixture on the wall as indicated in the picture below. Are there any restrictions I need to be aware of such as size of the fixture, or specific height requirements, other than being high enough to avoid someone hitting their head on it? Thanks for any help or different ideas!
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I like to install a sconch light there, that way I can change the bulbs with out having too get out a ladder.
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I like to install a sconch light there, that way I can change the bulbs with out having too get out a ladder.
Thanks joecaption, that's a great idea. I picked out a lantern style fixture, but if I can find a sconce that's bright enough, I'd like the slimmer profile for sure in that spot. Appreciate the help guys!
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I guess those stairs and door were a nonpermited job.
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I moved here a couple of months ago and thought it weird, but maybe the absence of a fixture was some sort of code variance I wouldn't have heard of. The house is only 6 yrs old and the inspector had not flagged it either, so I tried telling myself it wouldn't have passed construction inspections if it was done incorrectly What do you see regarding the door?
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No landing in front of the door.
Around here we can not have open risers like that.

LANDINGS
1. Landings are required at the top and bottom of all stairs, except at the top of an
interior stairs (provided a door does not swing over the stair).
2. Landings are required on both sides of an exit door.
3. Landings are required on both sides of all exterior doors, except a landing is not
required on the outside of a door if there is less than three risers.
4. Landings are to be at least 36Ē in length, measured in the direction of travel.
5. A door between the house and the garage is considered an interior door, and no
landing is required at the top of the stairs on the garage side provided the
security door does not swing over the landing (a screen door may swing over the
landing).
Definitions
Exit door: All dwellings are required to have at least one exit door which provides direct
egress from the habitable space to the outside (without going through the garage or
screen porch).
Exterior door: All other doors, which lead directly or indirectly to the outside.
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No landing in front of the door.

LANDINGS
1. Landings are required at the top and bottom of all stairs, except at the top of an interior stairs (provided a door does not swing over the stair).
Wouldn't that door fall under the exception for item 1? I don't see hinges, so that door would have to swing out, no?
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It's concidered an exit door.
"Landings are required on both sides of an exit door"
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I had the same issue in my basement - I bought a pivoting wall light from Home Depot - similar to this one but with a lot less wide lamp shade (to save shoulder room - it uses the small bright twist line bulbs) and point it downward with the steps.

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Eglo-Dakar-...72A/203020788/
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That light also needs to be on a 3 way switch.
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Hmm, I was thinking it would fall under the #1 exception as well as the door does not open toward the stairs and there is a very large landing at the top on the other side of the door. There is already a 3 way switch at the top and bottom. Again, thanks for all the info.

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It's concidered an exit door.
"Landings are required on both sides of an exit door"
Doesn't sound like it according to the definition:
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Exit door: All dwellings are required to have at least one exit door which provides direct egress from the habitable space to the outside (without going through the garage or screen porch).
Unless that door went to the outside, it seems it would be an interior door.


EDIT: not saying it is or isn't right, just saying that from the small excerpt you posted it would seem compliant.

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That is not an exit door; it is simply an interior door. Brand new houses are still built with basement stairs exactly that way almost everywhere. As long as the door swings away from the steps, it is compliant without a landing on the stair side.

And depending on the age of the house, the open stair risers are legal. In our area that did change some years back. All stair risers must be enclosed now.

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