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What is the standard height for a light switch?

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There is no standard height for a light switch. Home owners should install them at a height that is convenient to those using them. Generally, this is between 48 and 52 inches from the floor to the top of the electrical box.

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In homes where an occupant uses a wheelchair, setting switches lower is more convenient. As of 2012, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires light switch installers to lower the switch to the 48-inch height to provide better accessibility in public facilities. While the ADA applies to new construction, existing public facilities are not required to meet the new standards.

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