I'm located in the US/MA. Finishing off a basement room and adding a
couple of circuits. I will have overhead recessed lighting wired to a
switch on the wall at the door entrance. Do I still need to have a
wall receptical wired to the switch, or does the fact that the
overheads are switched cover this?
generally if there is a way to turn on a light that is all that is required.
You will need recpts <12 feet apart for the area.
Not sure if MA has any special additions. Call the "authority" and ask on
You could always check your cities web page.
And finally, you are aware the outlets have to be GFCI aren't you?
Is this a code change I'm not aware of? Unless something has changed, only
outlets in "unfinished" parts of the basement have to be GFCI protected
The receptacles in our current house are split top/bottom. The
tops in every room (except kitchen) are switched and the bottoms
aren't. I'm sure it's a bit more expensive to do this but it is
nice; highly recommended.
You have the Code requirements turned around.
The requirement is for a minimum of one switched "lighting outlet" (e.g. an
overhead light fixture) per room, but (except in kitchens and bathrooms) one
or more switched wall receptacles may be used in lieu of a dedicated lighting
outlet. IOW -- Code never requires switched receptacles, but allows them in
place of otherwise-required overhead lighting.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Even better: install conduit.
When we built our home, we had "media outlets" in every room with conduit
home runs to a cabinet in the basement. The cabinet has the sattellite feeds,
and telephone line coming into it and houses a DSL modem and router.
When we need to add something to a room (phone, ethernet, coax, speaker wire)
it is a simple job. The conduit was a small extra cost and I didn't have to
guess what might be needed where - you always end up paying for too much
cable in some places and end up with not quite enough somewhere else.
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