I know the code requires a light on an attached or detached garage, but can't find if a utility building requires one. Customer has an approx. 30x15 ft. utility bldg. with 2 doors. I'm going to recommend he put lights ( it's pretty far out in the "woods"), but does the code require them? Thanks
It just says "detached garages with electric power" and a strict reading of 210.70(A)(2)(b) would say it is not required but I agree, if power is there, it is still a good idea. I would go with the motion detector too.
(b) For dwelling units, attached garages, and detached garages with electric power, at least one wall switch– controlled lighting outlet shall be installed to provide illumination on the exterior side of outdoor entrances or exits with grade level access. A vehicle door in a garage shall not be considered as an outdoor entrance or exit exception Exception to (A)(2)(a), (A)(2)(b), and (A)(2)(c): In hallways, in stairways, and at outdoor entrances, remote, central, or automatic control of lighting shall be permitted.
Maybe solars are getting better but my experience is they don't put out that much light, they don't last all night and the batteries fail pretty fast. The battery costs as much as the whole deal.
Since we were talking about "code" I assume Sparky was already there so this would just be the incremental charge of adding another lighting outlet to whatever job he was on. That is cheap for a virtual lifetime of trouble free service.
BTW don't you guys sell wiring and equipment?
Why leave that money on the table or send it to a sweat shop in China.
At least I can tell him "the code does not require it, but while I'm pulling wire for the inside, it's a good idea". Probably won't be long though, before they change the wording to include utility bldgs. with attached garages and detached garages (when up to a certain sq. ft.). This is a big utility bldg.