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Old 10-18-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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I am building a soffit around a bar area in my basement which will have pendant lighting above the bar. I haven't framed for this yet because I am not sure on how I should do the rough in for the pendant lights...

I want to keep the soffit as thin as possible, its mainly a transition between drywall ceiling and a drop ceiling that will be above the bar area.

all this is going to be done with standard 2x4 framing.

Do you use standard round junction boxes where the lights will go? or do you use recessed light boxes? I know some pendant lights are "retro fit" to recessed but didn't know if this is a standard way to build now or just go with an electical box and that's it.

any guides or spec drawings out there on how other people did it? i tried googleing info but didn't get much in terms of examples

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For pendant lights use standard round boxes attached to the framing. If there is any possibility that fans could be mounted in these boxes by you or the next owner, the boxes will need to be fan rated. Not seeing it, I can't say for sure on this.

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For pendant lights use standard round boxes attached to the framing. If there is any possibility that fans could be mounted in these boxes by you or the next owner, the boxes will need to be fan rated. Not seeing it, I can't say for sure on this.
I'd hope no one would want to put a fan there, the ceiling is 8ft high, the soffit will drop that 5" then the bar right below it, wouldn't want fan blades that close to my head
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wouldn't want fan blades that close to my head
Have you seen the price of haircuts these days?
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Have you seen the price of haircuts these days?
*shudders* I still get chills when I think of getting hit by a ceiling fan spinning after seeing a "smart" person jump upwards into one while spinning at high speed on youtube and getting their head slammed by the blades
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*shudders* I still get chills when I think of getting hit by a ceiling fan spinning after seeing a "smart" person jump upwards into one while spinning at high speed on youtube and getting their head slammed by the blades
The good news is.... you only do that once
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If the boxes are that low you can probably get away with standard boxes rather than fan rated. Although I've seen ceiling fans in very strange places.

I had a large industrial size ceiling fan knock my hard hat off one day while I was in the lift running conduit through the trusses in a factory. I turned them off after that.
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Since you cannot install a fan so that the fan blades are below 7', you wouldn't need fan rated boxes in this case.

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