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Old 02-05-2009, 08:32 AM   #1
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box for hollywood light?

When installing a 'hollywood' style light bar, is it necessary to have a box in the wall, or can you poke the wire through the sheetrock and the light bar itself becomes the box to contain the wires.

Im doing some remodeling and had a guy tell me you didnt need a box with those lights.......Honestly it would make it easier for me if I dont but if I do need one I want to do it right.


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Old 02-05-2009, 08:45 AM   #2
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I don't know what a hollywood light is. If it has an enclosed metal box where you can fasten a cable clamp then he is probably correct.


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Old 02-05-2009, 09:37 AM   #3
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Many strip-type lights do in fact require boxes. Some do not. With some experience you can usually tell by looking at the back side of the light that mounts to the wall. The certain way to know is to look at the light's listing/installation paperwork. When in doubt, mount a box and make up the connections in the box.

You're talking about these, right?
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yes thats what im talking about.

Will it say ont he back of it if it needs a box or?

I have some others in the house when it was built where there is a pancake box, then the fixture installed over it and the wires are contained between the 2 halves of the fixture. Not sure if its right but thats what they did. Thats why Im asking about this one.

Problem is with a pancake box there really isnt room to do the connections in the box either. And because of plumbing in the wall I dont think a standard box will fit.

any suggestions.

here is a similar light

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