The Living/Family Room

Living Room

Minimum required:


  • Wall outlets.
    • Within 6' of the start of a wall (at a doorway or the beginning of the wall), then not more than 12' between them. The outlets and lights in this room do require AFCI protection.


  • One wall switch controlled light or outlet.
    • Your choice of light and switch location.

In my example:

  • Ceiling paddle fan.
    • Not required, but a popular option in living rooms. Be sure to use the proper box! I am switching the fan from a single location, and the light from two locations.
  • Fireplace
    • Most gas fireplaces require power, some require switched power for a fan.

Common Options

  • More outlets.
    • Add as many as you'd like.
  • More lights.
    • It's up to you.
  • Floor outlets.
    • Put an outlet in the floor by where your furniture will go. Be sure to use a listed floor box!
  • Switch the lights from multiple locations.
    • Add extra switches by other entry points to switch the lights on or off. It's also popular to switch the lights on the front of the garage, if you have them, with the outside entry light.
  • Entry light.
    • Although not required in my example house, if the entry is separated it would be required to have a light inside the entry door, and may be desirable anyways.