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Old 01-01-2009, 01:57 PM   #1
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I want to replace the dusk to dawn lights on each end of my garage with motion activated security lights.
The security light I have is intended to mount on a standard electrical box.
The problem is that the metal siding is corrugated so the light won't sit flush. and I don't have a electrical box on the building to mount the light to. I don't want to cut a hole in the metal to mount one flush.

How can I mount the light without too much trouble?

Here is a pic of the garage to show kinda what I'm dealing with.


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I want to replace the dusk to dawn lights on each end of my garage with motion activated security lights.
The security light I have is intended to mount on a standard electrical box.
The problem is that the metal siding is corrugated so the light won't sit flush. and I don't have a electrical box on the building to mount the light to. I don't want to cut a hole in the metal to mount one flush.

How can I mount the light without too much trouble?

Here is a pic of the garage to show kinda what I'm dealing with.

Can you surface mount a weather proof octagon box and attach the light to that?

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Yeah,probably..
Can you find me one like I need on Lowes website or something or atleast a pic of one so i know what to look for when i go there. I Can't find one there anywhere on there.
Where I would need to mount a box is right on one of the humps of the Siding. I guess I'd have to make a shim so the box will sit flat.
Bare with me.. I Know what I need to do just not how to do it.

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Is this what I need?
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That's it.

Most motion detector lights mount perfectly on that 4/0 box. Check the canopy on yours to see that it's round.

Ground the box and make sure the cable comes thru the siding in such a way that it doesn't get damaged on the sharp edges. A simple 2 screw cable connector in the back of the box should do the trick.
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If the hump is smaller than 3", the box won't want to sit right.

You can move it over if it will fit in the dip or you can install a single gang weather proof box and a 3 hub cover. You will have to disassemble your motion detector components and install them on the 3 hub cover.

A single gang box is appx 2" x 4"
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Where the box will sit is no more than a inch wide and i'd perfer to mount it centered on the building. What is a 3 hub cover?
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Hmm.
I see what you're talking about now.That may be narrow enough to work.
thanks for the help guys.

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