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So I'm not sure what to do in this area where I want all my switches(next to front door). 5 gang box, 2 separate boxes(one above and below), etc. I want to have the following individually switched.

1. Lower soffit lights
2. Upper soffit lights
3. Outside garage lights
4. Dining Room lights
5. Entry way lights

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I know there was a question in there somewhere.
 

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If the wall is open, I'd put the indoor lights in a box as close to the door as possible. Put the outdoor ones in a box farther away but at the same height. You'll likely have to provide some backing to attach them if the studs aren't located just so.
 

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The larger the gang box, the more unstable they are in the opening. Remember they are only held in the opening with two nails on one end. Now, if you can find a box that has spanners or a solid method of securement to the studs, I'd go with the larger gang box. Over-under boxes look like they were afterthoughts. Separating a three gang and two gang like surferdude2 said is a good method and looks less cramped.
 

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A five gang box should have a 2x attached to the floating end that will get attached to the drywall when it is installed.

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