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Old 08-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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I have this old lighting fixture in my basement and i'm not sure if its up to code since the back is wide open. Can I mount this flush to a 2x4 or do I need to use some kind of a box? Or should I just buy a new one that is more safe?


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Old 08-18-2012, 11:36 AM   #2
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Use a 4 inch (diameter) octogon or round box into which the power cable enters. Then mount that porcelain fixture on the box.

(You can also use a "pancake box", that is about 4 inches in diameter and about 3/4 inches deep, if there is just one 14-2 cable coming in and no cable continuing to a (the) next light etc.)

All ceiling light fixtures of any vintage need a box in the ceiling nowadays. They still make that porcelain fixture you have pictured.

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thanks a lot for your help!
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Nothing old about that. Porcelain heads are still manufactured, due to they are favored over the plastic heads.
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I have this old lighting fixture in my basement and i'm not sure if its up to code since the back is wide open. Can I mount this flush to a 2x4 or do I need to use some kind of a box? Or should I just buy a new one that is more safe?

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They are what we call a "keyless" or "Russell" and will mount to a 4" metal octagon or 4" round plastic nail on box. Never use them in a clothes closet. Commonly found in basements, garages, attics and crawl spaces everywhere. A favorite with builders until the HO chooses or provides their light fixtures. Plastic ones are better because they don't break if over tightened.
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If you want some real light install a 2 X 4 box instead and just buy a cheap plug in 4' flouresant fixture. Far more light and cost less to run.

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