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Old 03-22-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

Sorry for the newbie question. I was looking through some helpful documentation that came with my basement finishing permit. It mentions that the bedroom requires a switched lighting outlet. Is that the same thing as a fixed light that's controlled by a switch? Or does that mean I have to install a switched outlet that you can plug a lamp in to? I despise those switched outlets to be honest. My plan has 3 switches at the entrance to the bedroom...1 for some recessed lights, 1 for a fan, and 1 for some wall sconces. I have no desire to add a 4th switch to control a plug outlet. Can someone clarify what a switched lighting outlet is?

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Either a switched receptacle or a lighting outlet like the recessed will satisfy the requirement. You do not need both.

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People often confuse the term "outlet" with "receptacle". Actually, an outlet can be either a receptacle, junction box, lighting fixture, others I'm not recalling, I guess.

But I think you're fine with either a switched ceiling light fixture, or a switched receptacle.

No Code to cite, others will, probably.

EDIT: aha! Outlet: A point on the wiring system at which current is taken to supply utilization equipment. Article 100. DEFINITIONS.

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A junction box would not be considered an outlet. Only something that draws power is an outlet. Receptacles, fans, light fixtures are the typical outlets found in a home. Switches and junction boxes with connections only are not outlets.
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A junction box would not be considered an outlet. Only something that draws power is an outlet. Receptacles, fans, light fixtures are the typical outlets found in a home. Switches and junction boxes with connections only are not outlets.
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Now wait just a doggone minute "... to supply utilization equipment". A luminaire utilizes a switch
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The same box could be a switch box, an outlet box, or a junction box. In the case of the outlet box that is where the (#12 or #14 or whatever gauge) branch circuit wires are connected to the terminals of a receptacle or to the (possibly #18 gauge) leads/taps to a light fixture or a fan or a garbage disposal, etc.
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If the device controlled by the switch(utilization equipment) connects into the switch box then the switch box is an outlet. The switch itself is not utilization equipment and if it is the only thing in the box then it is not an outlet.
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If the device controlled by the switch(utilization equipment) connects into the switch box then the switch box is an outlet. The switch itself is not utilization equipment and if it is the only thing in the box then it is not an outlet.
OK, my above posts were attempts at lighthearted fun, and the chance to use and understand my brand new hard copy of the '08 Code I just got for $20., but now you've thrown me a loop

How could it be that a switch could be the only thing in the box if it is controlling a device? Or, how could a device not be connected to a switch that is meant to operate it?

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