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Best Locations for Bathroom Light Switches

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Where to Locate Bathroom Light Switches: Planning the layout and design for the bathroom, the location of light fixtures and switches.

Installing Bathroom Light Switches

Electrical Question: Should bathroom light switches be located inside or outside of bathroom?

Application: Wiring Switches for a Bathroom.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a licensed electrical contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the access to the wiring for the wall switch for the exhaust fan and if a larger switch box will be required.
Precaution: The combo bathroom exhaust fan circuit should be identified, turned OFF and Tagged with a Note before working with the wiring and installing the fan speed switch.
Notice: Modifying existing wiring or installing additional bathroom electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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2 Responses to “Best Locations for Bathroom Light Switches”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Lori,
    Having the bathroom light switch inside the bathroom would be much better and safer too because it would prevent the light from accidentally being turned off while the bathroom was occupied. This should be taken into consideration, especially if other people live in the home. As far as the current code requirements the light switch should be inside the bathroom.

  2. Lori Lynn says:

    I have a old house. The light switch for bathroom is outside, do I have to put the switch inside the bathroom?