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helpless handyman 04-01-2008 09:12 AM

sconce lighting
I want to install 2 sconce in my basement, what is the correct box size for these? Will a regular outlet box work? Thanks

JGarth 04-01-2008 11:24 AM

helpless (definitely),
use the round / octagon boxes..

Stubbie 04-01-2008 11:53 AM

Sconces can be a different duck than other fixtures, just depends on the style of sconce and its canopy that covers the wall electrical box. Some sconces require 3 1/2" or 3 1/4" round or octagon boxes. Some will be fine with a 4 inch round or octagon. You also need to be aware of old work boxes (if plastic) that are 4 inch and have a 3/8 to 1/2 inch lip that rides the outside of your finished wall, these may not cover with some styles of particular the ones that are half moon shaped like this....

Let the canopy be your guide as to the box size you need....:thumbsup:

Leah Frances 04-02-2008 11:51 AM

I want to hang some sconces too. But, I do not have enough room for the standard 4 inch oct box (the box has to go into a framed cavity only 3 inches wide). It seems like 314.27's exception would allow me to use an outlet box if my sconce weight is under 6 lbs. Is this correct?

Am I apt to find much selection with the (assumed) restriction?

Jim Port 04-02-2008 04:00 PM

This might be what you need.

Leah Frances 04-02-2008 04:33 PM

What is the side to side dimensions of this? The webpage says 3.5 inch "hole saw". I don't need to drill a hole - but I only have 3 inches of width to work with. thanks

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