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Hi,

We're having someone paint the inside of our house this coming week, and I figured it would be a good time to remove our outdated Hollywood light fixtures in the bathroom with something more modern. When I removed the bulbs and the chrome panel, I immediately noticed that there is no electrical box behind these lights - there's a hole in the drywall, and a wire coming out to the bracket that feeds the five bulb sockets.

Is this a code violation, or is there some special allowance for these types of fixtures that I am unaware of? I assume these were original with the house (built 1994), so I also assume there was an electrical inspection that was passed.....

Thoughts?
 

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Sure could have been done a whole lot prettyer then that but it's legal. The light fixture acts as the juntion box.
 

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Thanks for your quick response! It does looks like whoever did this had little pride in quality work, but at least I know it's not a violation. That being said, I suspect I will need to add a box anyway if I want to change out the fixture. Is it safe to assume that most modern fixtures attach to a junction box?
 

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Total depends on what you pick out.
 

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Many do not. Fixtures that mount similarly to the one you had still work the same way. Many bathroom vanity lights do not require a box.
 
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