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Eclipse99 02-26-2010 11:32 PM

Relocating a light fixture
Good evening,

I recently installed a pair of light fixtures over two sinks in a bathroom. Unfortunately, one of the fixtures is not centered over the sink, and it is much more evident with the new style of fixture I installed. Here is a photo of the off-center fixture.

I believe the reason it is off center is that the stud the box is mounted to is basically right over the sink, so there is no way to make it perfectly centered. I do, however, think it would look better if the light was on the other side of the stud. Currently the stud is to the left of the light (so the box is mounted to the right side of the stud).

My plan is to cut out the unpainted portion of the drywall from where the light is to the left edge of the red wallpaper, install a new box on the left side of the stud, drill a hole thru the stud and run the wire into the box, completing the job.

The wire to this light comes from the box where the other light is mounted, about 6 feet to the right. I'm wondering if I am required to secure the wire somehow to the stud or if it can go directly into the box after going through the hole I drill, and if the wire is too short, am I going to have to cut out 6 feet of drywall to run a new wire, or is there a more efficient way? Any other feedback on my plan would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for any help!


kbsparky 02-27-2010 04:56 AM

Why not use a "pancake" box mounted directly on the stud, if the stud is centered over the sink? Here is a typical one, Raco #293:

canadaclub 02-27-2010 04:47 PM

Yep, KB is on the money. Can't count how many I have installed.

Termite 02-27-2010 06:09 PM

Another vote for a pancake box. No better way to hang that light!

Eclipse99 02-27-2010 08:26 PM

Thank you for the idea, I will try a pancake box. Does it stick out past the drywall, and if so is it a big deal?

Termite 02-27-2010 10:04 PM

They're 1/2" thick. They can be recessed in the drywall and mounted directly to the stud, but in most cases that isn't necessary. Most light fixtures like yours will fit right over the pancake box that is mounted to the face of the drywall.

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