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    Light switch outside of room

    I have a room that the entry door is a double pocket door, and it takes up the whole wall. Can the switch for the light in that room [the study] be located outside of the room, or does it have to be in the room?

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    It can be anywhere you want unless required to be there by some other code. The NEC doesn't specify a location as this is a design issue.
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    Thats been a hot topic for a long time. I agree with Rob not an NEC requirement.
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    You could put a switch on the nearest side wall, or even use a shallow box within the pocket space.

    How about a motion sesnor, maybe centered over the doors, or in the above-mentioned side wall?
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    How about taking a lesson from the refrigerator? Put a limit switch on both sides of the pocket doors, such that the act of opening either door turns on the light, and closing both doors turns off the light.
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    You don't want a motion sensor in a study. Probably not a door switch either. Look for side wall wall nearest the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie b View Post
    How about taking a lesson from the refrigerator? Put a limit switch on both sides of the pocket doors, such that the act of opening either door turns on the light, and closing both doors turns off the light.
    Wont work too well if they want to read a book in peace with the doors shut

    Thanks for your input fellas!

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    Following up with what Charlie said, I've had good luck with these.

    Just saw your last post. You could add an override.
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    Just use a low voltage switch and a relay, and they it is all class-2 wiring that can easily be hidden. The switch itself can be a glorified surface mount doorbell.

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