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Old 12-09-2008, 06:29 PM   #1
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Should I add an electrical box?

I have a small florescent light in my kitchen. I am going to replace it because the cover is broken. I noticed they did not have an electrical box behind it. It is just attached with butterfly anchors. I'm guessing it doesn't have a box because the electrical connections are made inside the light fixture. I'm debating on whether to replace it with a similar light or buy a vanity type light. Should I add a new work electrical box?


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Old 12-09-2008, 06:45 PM   #2
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You could use an old work box or if you have access, a new work box. I would not install one unless it is needed for the new fixture.


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Unless the new fixture completly encloses the wire splices like the original one did, you need to add a Jbox. Splices need to be contained in a fire resistant enclosure because they are the weak point in the system.

If the wirenut splice becomes loose it will arc, spark and cause a fire. If this happens, you want to contain it.
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