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Old 03-12-2011, 06:08 PM   #1
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I want to run new wiring for some outdoor lights, but have hit a snag in the planning phase. I want to put a flood light on the outside of a support column on my back porch. I want the light to face out and illuminate the back yard. The column is actually a metal post (possible a lolli-column) boxed in with woood, so I think there is room to run the wiring in the eave of the porch and into the support column, then out a small hole to the floodlight. I do not think I could phyisically put a receptacle box in the column for the wires though. Can any one tell me where in the NEC I am required to have a receptacle box for this situation? Also, do I need to run outdoor rated wire when running wires in the eaves? Thanks for the help.

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Are the wires in the eaves exposed or shelterd from the weather? Use a round or rectangular weatherpoof box fastened to the post with the wire entering through the back of the box.

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The wires in the eaves will not be exposed to the weather.
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You can put a box like this, might help. Very shalow mounting bracket with a built-in box.

http://www.arlcatalog.com/Siding/Sid...t-in%20Box.htm
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Can any one tell me where in the NEC I am required to have a receptacle box for this situation?
I assume the requirements for a box in this situation is simply found in the requirement that all connections be accomplished inside a box. Besides being code, this sounds like a good, and safe, idea to me. Since you will have connections between the supply and fixture wires, this tends to point to a need for a box.
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