Are two light switches required for a long hallway?

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

 The National Electrical Code requires at least one switched light fixture in a residential hallway [NEC 210.70(2)(1)]. There is no code standard for two switches on a long hallway. One electrician we know mentioned that he had heard that a second switch was required for hallways 10-feet and longer, but we suspect he was confusing it with another NEC requirement for at least one wall receptacle at hallways 10-feet or longer.

    Although not required, a switch at each end of a long hallway on a three-way circuit is a sensible thing to do. Also see our articles What is a three-way switch? and What is the code minimum height for a hallway ceiling? and What is the minimum width of a hallway? and How many electrical receptacle outlets are required in a hallway? 

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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about ELECTRICAL SWITCHES:

• What is minimum code requirement for switched lighting in a house? 

How can I figure out what a mystery wall switch does? 

Are wall light switches required be "up" for "on" and "down" for "off”?

Can you use a light switch for a water heater disconnect? 

Why is there a wall switch next to the furnace or indoor unit of the air conditioner in the garage?

What is the switch on the wall with two pushbuttons? 

  • What are those strange looking wall switches in houses from the 1950s and 1960s? 

• Are light switches required to be grounded? 

 Why does the bedroom have a light switch but there is no light in the ceiling?

• How does a three-way switch work?

• Which rooms in a house require switched lights per code?

• What is a three-way switch used for? 

• What is the average life expectancy of a wall switch?

 What is the red switch for in my mobile home? 

Does a home inspector test all the wall switches in a house? 

• When are dimmer switches not allowed to be used?

Does a light switch have to be in the same room as lights?

• What is a keyless light fixture or lampholder? 

        Visit our ELECTRICAL SWITCHES page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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