In my last townhouse, the living and dining room was wired so that lamps that were plugged into the bottom of each outlet could be turned on and off with one light switch.
I had 15 lights (including the 5 puck lights in the corner bookshelves) in this room and every time I walked into the living room, with one flick of a switch, the lights on each side of the mirror above the fireplace, the corner up-light in the opposite corner of the room beside the entertainment center and the lamp behind the sofa (in the middle of the room, below) all turned on just like magic.
Interior by Maria Killam
Since it was a north facing living room, I ALWAYS had those lights on when I was in that room so it was wonderful not to have to walk all around the room turning them on and off every five minutes.
In my current living room I have two outlets wired to a light switch that turn on two lamps in my living room. If I was building a house, I’d have an electrician wire the living, dining, family and master bedroom without question.
When I was in Oklahoma before Christmas and I was drawing out the floor plan for my clients living room, I noted there were no outlets installed in the hardwood floor to plug in ANY lamps at all. Since the living room was designed so that the furniture would be placed in the middle of the room, it would be very awkward to plug in lamps with extension cords running across where people would be walking. Luckily, she had a crawl space making this an easy fix.
So, if you are building or renovating, make sure you include this in your plans. You will be so glad you did.
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