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Stairway illumination #154030 02/10/04 10:40 PM
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Ryan_J Offline OP
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The International Residential code (2000 edition) section R303.4.1 states that "the control for activation of the required interior stairway lighting shall be accessible at the top and bottom of each stair without traversing any step of the stair."

To me, this contradicts the "six riser" rule in NEC 210.70.

How does your city call this?

More importantly, if someone were to get injured (falling down the stairs), would you as the electrician be accountalbe for following the NEC but not the IRC?


Ryan Jackson,
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Re: Stairway illumination #154031 02/14/04 01:10 AM
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Ryan
All codes that apply should be followed, ignorance is not bliss!!!
The building code as it applies to our work and the other applicable codes all apply!!!

Smoke detectors are not in the NEC, do we install them?

Pierre

[This message has been edited by PCBelarge (edited 02-14-2004).]


Pierre Belarge
Re: Stairway illumination #154032 02/19/04 05:10 PM
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If it is possible to comply with both codes, then do so (usually by compliance with the more restrictive code requirement). If there is a contradiction in codes, then the highest ranking AHJ in your jurisdiction must make a ruling. In CT, this is the State Building Inspector.

Earl


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Re: Stairway illumination #154033 02/19/04 11:25 PM
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I don't have a copy of the International Residential code, but based on
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the control for activation of the required interior stairway lighting shall be accessible at the top and bottom of each stair without traversing any step of the stair
I don't see a requirement called out. This code isn't requiring switches, just getting more specific about the location of switches required by NEC (or ony other code?)


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