Thanks Tommy, your answer is what I thought it would be. In regards to a portion of your answer, I am the electrical contractor on the job. I just this year obtained my C-10 after 17 years. As a Journeyman (commercial /industrial) in the IBEW. The residential codes are still a learning process. I am trying to get all the info and applu it as necessary. I've found that some of the smaller,self incorporated cities (I live in Los Angeles) are more apt to enforce the things that seem questionable.
Don't get me wrong, I am all about doing the job correctly, safely, and by code. There are things like occupancy sensors, and TR receptacles. There are situations where neither of these devices do anyone any service that is positive. The sensors never work correctly. I actually, just today had one fail as I was installing it . A 3 way dimmer occupancy sensor shot a flame out of the back of the device as I was putting the screws into the mud ring. That isnt the first time this has happened. These were Lutron switches. I also have the one in the bathroom turn on everytime someone walks down the hallway. I still havent found a way to get the settings right. The devices should never be enforced until they function properly 99% of the time. They (manufacturers)get to rush them through production and somehow ($$) get UL approval.
Sorry, I dont mean to rant but, how can the state force people to comply with things that don't apply to every household, and or don't work properly?
Just my thoughts on the subject.
Dont get me going on the flourescent lighting scam. The sane guy that gave us the Prius hoax. These things leave a larger eci footprint in manufacturing abd disposa, than any incandescent lamp, or well maintained gasoline burning engine.
Its all about lining someones pockets. Not saving energy or our money.