I didn't really know were to post this, because It is a code question and what you guys do out in the field. When is it required to use 3 way switches in rooms? Does every entry into the room need a switch for the light? I am looking at a 8500sft house and the prints do not have any electrical on them. I am trying to mark the print for the electrical. Lots of the rooms have three to four ways to enter. Would you guys install 3or4 way switches at every entry point?
eswets, What I would do if you are unsure, is call the people that are going to live in the house. Get a photo-copy of the house plans and work out with them where they would like everything put. Regardless of wether there is a plan or not, I do this with every new place I wire. It just saves time after the place is lined and you also win a few points with the HO too. Personally, I'd allow for 3-ways in the bedrooms, ask them where they are going to have the head of the bed and put a switch or a dimmer there, there is nothing more annoying than having to get out of bed to turn out the light or turn it on without getting out of bed. This is not a Code thing, just a matter of convenience. You should be able to control the lights of any given room from all entrance/exit points, go for 3-Way + Intermediates, if you have to. Just my 2c worth.
Re: 3 way switching#49172 03/01/0507:55 AM03/01/0507:55 AM
Here in England it used to be fairly common at one time to find a 3-way arrangement for a bedroom light with a pull-cord switch or hanging pendant switch positioned over the bed. It seems to have gone out of fashion though.
Certainly on any large living area, I think it's a good idea to provide a switch at each entry/exit point.
Re: 3 way switching#49174 03/01/0511:55 AM03/01/0511:55 AM
I thought the OP was asking about "code". Certainly it is nice to have a 3way at the bed. I also put quads on both sides of the bed, one a half hot on another 3way. This way I can control the table lamps and overhead from the bed or the door. You don't ever seem to have enough receptacles next to the bed. The cost was minimal but this is my house and I wasn't trying to shave a bid.
Re: 3 way switching#49175 03/01/0502:09 PM03/01/0502:09 PM
If you're competetive-bidding the plan, you're wasting your time. Someone else will bid it with switched outlets and come in way under your bid. Send it back to the GC or architect so everone is bidding on the same plan.
Re: 3 way switching#49176 03/01/0502:54 PM03/01/0502:54 PM
I wish the architect would put the electrical on the print. I don't get a to add a design fee. It's not my job to mark up the print. But this is how it goes. I usually always get his work, but he does compare with other companies. Since the prints are empty, he is comparing apple to oragnes.
Actualy, there is some electrical on the print, but swithes are in the middle of the wall, 5 outlets in a hall but one in the bedroom. This is just to get the permits.
Re: 3 way switching#49177 03/01/0503:44 PM03/01/0503:44 PM