Options for Wiring Bedroom Lighting
How to Wire Lighting for a Bedroom and Decide Fixture Types and Light Switch Options
How to Wire Lighting for a Bedroom
Electrical 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.
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This electrical question came from: Jennifer, a Homeowner from Fort Mill, South Carolina.
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Thanks for your electrical question Jennifer.
Bedroom Lighting Requirements
Planning Fixture Types and Light Switch Options
- Bedrooms should either have a wall outlet or an overhead light that is controlled by a wall switch located at the entry of the bedroom.
- If the bedroom does not have a ceiling light then an available power source may be located and extended to the desired location and wired to be controlled by the wall switch.
- Light fixtures should be selected before the electrical wiring is installed for the light and the switch or dimmer when the light fixture will not be the standard 120 volt.
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