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    Motion sensor lights need switch per code?

    Hey everyone. First post. I was told today that motion sensor lighting, exterior garage etc.., needs to be on a switch per code. Can anyone cite the reference? I was always under the impression that a photo cell/motion sensor combo light could be on a constant power circuit.

    Thanks. For your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kg808 View Post
    Hey everyone. First post. I was told today that motion sensor lighting, exterior garage etc.., needs to be on a switch per code. Can anyone cite the reference? I was always under the impression that a photo cell/motion sensor combo light could be on a constant power circuit.

    Thanks. For your help!
    There is a requirement for a switch or manual override in 210.70 excep. (2) but that is only for habitable rooms.
    I know of no requirement for outdoor lights to have a switch along with any type sensor to control the lights.

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    Some photocell and motion detector combinations allow you to override the motion detector remotely by cycling the power off and back on again.
    Without a manual switch this functionality is lost.

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