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Electrical Code for a Bedroom Light and Switch


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How Wall Switches and Light Fixtures are Wired for the Home


How Wall Switches and Light Fixtures are Wired

Question: We are purchasing a spec house in South Carolina. The builder forgot to install wiring for an overhead light in the master bedroom, but did provide a switch for the non-existent wiring. Our home inspector “thought” it might be required by code to have wiring for an overhead light, but he wasn’t sure. Can you help? Thank you. Jennifer

This electrical question came from: Jennifer, a Homeowner from Fort Mill, South Carolina.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Jennifer.

Wiring Switches and Light Fixtures for the Home

Electrical Code Requirement for a Bedroom Light
Jennifer, a wall switch must be located at the entrance to the bedroom on the inside wall, and it can either control a wall outlet that can be used for a floor light fixture or table lamp, or the wall switch could control a ceiling mounted light fixture.

NEC Code for Bedroom Light Switch

  • 210.70(A)(1) Lighting outlets:
    • Wall-switch controlled lighting outlets required in all habitable rooms and areas.
  • 210.70(A)(1) Exception (1)  Lighting outlets:
    • Habitable room lighting outlets may be switched receptacle except in kitchen and area.

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