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Old 12-04-2010, 10:20 AM   #1
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Is outlet box required for vanity light install?


I want to install a new light fixture in the bathroom but once I pulled off the old fixture I see that an outlet box was not put in. The electrical was just pulled through the wall. Additionally, there is a drain pipe/vent running up the wall in the same spot. My question is whether the outlet box is required and if so, how I would install it if there is a pipe in the center?? Any help is much appreciated.


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Old 12-04-2010, 10:32 AM   #2
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SOME fixtures can be installed without an outlet box, provided there is enough space within the fixture to accommodate the required romex connector in the back.

IF you really need a box, one solution I have seen was using a shallow "pancake" or "dish pan" type box, and tie-wrap it directly to the vent pipe. Not exactly kosher, but sometimes unavoidable. The box is the same depth as the wallboard.


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Depends on the fixture. If the fixture has a box that can accept a clamp then no box is required.
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SOME fixtures can be installed without an outlet box, provided there is enough space within the fixture to accommodate the required romex connector in the back.

IF you really need a box, one solution I have seen was using a shallow "pancake" or "dish pan" type box, and tie-wrap it directly to the vent pipe. Not exactly kosher, but sometimes unavoidable. The box is the same depth as the wallboard.
Do not attach the pan box to the vent. The weight of the fixture is supported by the box. That pan box is designed to be secured to the stud on the surface where your drywall is secured. If there is no stud right there you will need to get a piece of 2x4 and secure it between the 2 closest studs.

As for requiring a box. If the fixture does not have an enclosed termination box then you do require a box.

I hope this helps,
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Thank you to everyone for your help. I appreciate it! This should get me through it.
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