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Basement Finishing - Lighting Circuit

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Jan 26, 2014
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Basement Finishing - Lighting Circuit

Question for people that have finished their basement themselves.

When running the electrical, did you hook up lighting circuits and make them live before first inspection?

The builder put a bunch of utility lights in. We need to remove some of them because they are in the way, and rearrange things. But concerned that now we won't have light to work in.

Curious what others have done. Thanks
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May 23, 2009
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My LEC removed the builder utility lights and left just rough-in wires for first inspection. He also left a 3-Bulb string caged work lights which provided enough lighting for the inspector and other trades that needed to do work before he returned to finish up.
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I’m not an electrician but I’ve been around a few inspections and most inspectors have implemented that the the circuits should not be live until after drywall. Many have also enforced that the installed lighting is not sufficient as your temporary lights and it not to be hooked into the panel until after drywall. The reasoning being the drywallers cutting out their boxes.
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Thanks for the feedback everyone.

I was getting conflicting information from others that they were pretty sure they had some of the lighting live before being inspected.

Going to play it safe. I purchased a 10 light 100 foot string light for 120 bucks. Good idea guys. This should be plenty of light. (even more then I currently have) And I can now just rip out all the builders lights and make everything clean and tidy. Only my work existing.

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