Code Question

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by jaxbldginspector, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. jaxbldginspector

    jaxbldginspector New Member

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    Is there a requirement in the NEC that a three-way switch is required for a set of stairs leading down to a basement or upstairs to another floor/room?

    I know it needs to be there but I am looking for the code. Thanks

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  2. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    210.70(A)(2)(c) Where one or more lighting outlet(s) are installed for interior stairways, there shall be a wall switch at each floor level, and landing level that includes an entryway, to control the lighting outlet(s) where the stairway between floor levels has six risers or more.

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  3. Chris75

    Chris75 Electrician

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    Three ways are never required in the NEC, yes it is required that you need switches at each floor level, but they could be single poles controlling two fixtures. ( yes I know this is dumb) just pointing out the actual code langauge. :)
  4. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    You know, it never actually occurred to me that that is literally the way it is worded. :confused: :rolleyes:
    Go figure.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    switch

    It left out the long string to turn the switch off once you got upstairs, although since it would have to move downward, you could use a small rock.
  6. jaxbldginspector

    jaxbldginspector New Member

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    Thanks for the info. You are appreciated!
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