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Old 05-19-2009, 10:55 AM   #1
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Wiring for wall sconces in bathroom


In the middle of a master bathroom tearout and I'm changing the locations of my lighting. Is there a certain type of electrical box for wall sconces, since I'm sure the sconce mounts to the box and not to the wall?

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Usually, fixtures will mount to any kind of box. ! gang, 3/0 or 4/0

Sometimes they are a pain to mount to ANY kind of box due to the mounting hardware.

It's best to have the lights in front of you to dertemine which type to use. If that's not going to happen, I'd say go with a 4/0 (4" round)

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Ok thanks. I'm just trying to find out right now if I need to move a stud or not, a gang box would be perfectly on center with my wall, but just wasn't sure if a sconce would work with that type of box.
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Unless you know exactly were you want your sconces, I would leave the cable with slack in the wall and then cut in old work octagon boxes after your vanity and mirror are in place. If the placement, ends up on a stud use a pancake box to mount your sconce.
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doesn't the weight of the sconce usually hang on the box? if the box happened to not land on a stud would it be able to handle the weight?
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doesn't the weight of the sconce usually hang on the box? if the box happened to not land on a stud would it be able to handle the weight?
I have never seen a bath sconce that would be too much weight for an old work box.
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a single gang box would be perfectly on center with my wall, but just wasn't sure if a sconce would work with that type of box.
MOST sconce canopies will cover a single gang box. Some smaller ones may allow the box to show a touch at the corners.
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I just installed two antique sconces in my bath. Plaster and lathe walls. I used a 4 inch octagon box and a generic round mounting bracket. I cut the holes tightly and used a couple of those metal finger-thingies to make sure the box was secure.

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