Summary: Covered stairways are an access point for many homes and adequate lighting is essential to provide safety and security in these areas. This proposal provided the scope of this project for the homeowner to approve.
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Adding Lighting and Motion Sensors to the Covered Stairway
Lighting Project Proposal
This project involves lighting this beautifully covered stairway access and to control the lighting with motion activated sensors, also known as motion sensors or motion detectors.
The scope of this project is to determine the options to provide the necessary electrical wiring that will provide protection for the wiring and be weather proof as well.
The correct selection of the motion sensors and the location where to install them will be tricky due to two different access points and the angles of the stairs.
Light Covered Stairway
Exterior lighting would provide safety and security for this beautiful stairway access. The addition of lighting over the landing areas with two fixtures spaced out over each flight of stairs should be sufficient. Vandal-Resistant Vapor Jar fixtures would be a great choice.
Weather Proof Light Fixtures
Exposed metal conduit would be installed and fastened to the 2 x 6 ridge support where the weather proof fixtures would be installed also.
Multiple Motion Sensor Control
Motion Sensors would be installed in the upper area of each corner and entry for automatic operation.
Exterior Rope Lighting
Optional outdoor rated Rope Lighting could be installed along the outside stair supports. Snow drifts may cover these lights but eventually melt away.
Additional Light Fixtures
An additional fixture may be mounted on the face of the lower stairway entry. This light could be independently controlled by a motion detector flood light style fixture or controlled by an separate switch at this location.
Upper Stairway Light
An additional fixture may be mounted on the face of this upper stairway location. This light could be independently controlled by a motion detector flood light style fixture or controlled by an separate switch at this location also.
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We put up a steel shed 20 x 30. The wiring from the house to the shed and the electric panel were put in. It then took 2 electricians over 5 hours to install 4 lights (2 outside and 2 inside) and 2 plugs. Is this normal?
You have not provided enough information about this project so it will be very difficult to even guess how long this project should take, however there are several factors involved with every project including accessibility to install the electrical wiring and all of the necessary components. I would also highly recommend contracting with an electrical contractor who has a very good reputation with others whom you may contact for reference.
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Electrical Project Skill Level:
Beginner to Intermediate.
Electrical Tools Required:
Basic Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools, Non-Metal Step Ladder, and a Voltage Tester.
Depends on personal level of experience, ability to work with tools for install lighting fixtures, and the available access to the project area. Electrical Safety:
Identify the lighting circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials:
Electrical parts and materials for home lighting projects should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections:
Installing additional electrical wiring for lighting should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
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