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    New construction

    I am starting a project and the homeowner wants to use a Caséta system for just the first floor and some outdoor lights, with using pico remotes in all 3way-4way locations. I spoke to the building department and they were not sure if I could do this. What I need to know is there any code that states switches have to be wired. Can they be wireless? What information can I forward to the inspector? I would hate to wire a bunch of switches just to cap all of the wires.

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    The NEC does not address the issue of how switches are powered. However, there is the CYA part about "the authority having jurisdiction" which basically says the local inspector can say what ever they want. There is a rule that you have to be able to turn at least 1 light in the room on/off from inside the room. Technically a pull-chain meets this requirement.

    I would still wire for traditional 3-way circuits. There would be minimal, if any, savings. Not wiring for 3-ways would limit your controls options. It could also limit your options when it comes time to sell.
    LED, Incorporated
    Raleigh, NC 27614

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    I agree with the resale and wiring for the 3 ways. The homeowner is against it so I am trying to see if I can get away without it

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    There is no requirement to have a 3-way. If you meet the requirement for turning the light on/off from within the room they shouldn't say anything about the Pico. They might balk if the Pico is the only control "in" the room. However, this isn't any different than having a wired keypad in the room. If the processor fails you have no control from within the room. It's easier to replace a battery than repair a processor.

    I find most inspectors want to work with you. Just get them involved early so they don't feel like they being pressured later in the process.
    LED, Incorporated
    Raleigh, NC 27614

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