Questions

Do lights have to be on their own circuit?

Do lights have to be on their own circuit?

No, they do not need to be on “their own” circuit, but they do need to be tied into the primary circuit so they know when to turn on. Many, if not most, emergency lights are self powered, normally by battery, so “their own” circuit is limited to the emergency light.

What is the provision of NEC with regards to lighting outlets?

At least one wall-switch-controlled lighting outlet must be installed in every habitable room (and bathroom) of a dwelling [210.70(A)(1)]. This provision requires at least one lighting outlet in every habitable room and at least one wall switch to control it.

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Can all house lights be on one circuit?

The lights can all stay on the same circuit at 15A, which will make wiring your switches up cheaper (don’t forget to add a neutral in your switches!). Most lights do not draw that much (especially if you go LED).

What are code requirements for the installation of light fixtures?

All ceiling fixtures must be controlled by a wall switch and not by a pull chain. Receptacles must be no more than 12 feet apart, and there must be at least one on each wall. If a section of wall between two doors is wider than 2 feet, it must have a receptacle. Light fixtures must be on 15-amp circuits.

Can bathroom outlets and lights be on the same circuit?

“Outlets for other equipment within the same bathroom” can then work on that same circuit. This all accords with the National Electrical Code. The only exception to this exception is a large bathroom fixture like a whirlpool or a hot tub.

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Is a light required in a hallway?

210.70(A)(2)(4) Lighting Outlets Required. This is the section of the NEC that requires lighting outlets in hallways, stairways, and garages with electric power. The general rule for an interior stairway is to have at least one wall switch–controlled lighting outlet serving the stairs.

What must be installed wherever outlets are required according to the NEC what article of NEC is talking about this requirement?

According to 210.52(A)(1), a receptacle outlet must be installed so that no point along the floor line of any wall is more than 6 ft, measured horizontally along the floor line, from a receptacle outlet, as shown in the Figure.

How do I know if my electrical wire is up to code?

If you live in a home built in the last twenty years and no unlicensed electrical work has been done on it, then you are likely up to code. Keep a watch for any electrical issues (flickering lights, numerous tripped circuit breakers) and call for repairs right away.