Section 210.70 requires lighting outlets wall switched for habitable rooms, etc. There is an exception for switched receptacles. The definition of a lighting outlet is an outlet INTENDED for the installation of a lampholder etc. On final inspection the contractor put blank covers on the lighting outlets and claimed that the owner would select fixtures (luminaires) at some future date. Should the inspector accept or reject ? We are curious in Indiana, because it is a real situation. Should the word intended be removed from the definition (Article 100) of lighting outlet,therefore requiring a lampholder, luminaire, pendant etc. ? Alan-- Inspector.
The advantage of keyless over a blank is a functioning light. Why the NEC has the requirement, I don't know specifically if it is for protetion from fire from what some clever people might do to get light, or if it to minumize the hazards of fumbling through a dark room. But for whatever the reason for the code, there is exposure to the hazard until the lights get picked out, ordered, delivered, and installed, which could be a long time. Mix some small kids in and who knows. Are ther bigger things in life to worry about, sure, but I don't think it is unreasonable to require a keyless. As an installer, I wouldn't leave a house for final with just blanks.
110.3(A)(8) does not allow an inspector to require items not required by the text of the NEC.
the approved plans and specifications!
We have built many condos that simply show lighting outlets without Luminaires. The Luminaires will be chosen by whoever buys the condo which may be long after the occupancy permit is released for the building.
Switched lighting are required, especially in bathrooms and kitchens!
No, lighting is not required by the NEC, lighting outlets are required in these locations by the NEC
Common sense, too!
Well that may be true, but it is no way enforceable by an electrical inspector who works within the rules.
I would still like to hear why it is unsafe to leave a blanked up lighting outlet in a living room but it is perfectly safe to leave a switched outlet without a lamp in the same room.
It makes no sense whatsoever.
Bob Badger Construction & Maintenance Electrician Massachusetts
I am with Bob on this. Perfectly clear to me as well. Joe you as a code guru who has been know to argue the literal wording of the code should certainly be able to see this. You yourself call the blanked up box an outlet. NEC requirement is met. Pass the job according to the code not personal opinion.
[This message has been edited by Electricmanscott (edited 07-30-2005).]