Exterior Lights on Siding


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Old 03-27-05, 07:47 PM
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Exterior Lights on Siding

I am planning on replacing my exterior garage lighting fixtures (one on each side of the garage door). The problem is when I took down the existing fixture I noticed a few things

1) There is no box present; the mounting plate is screwed directly to the siding
2) As I examined the wiring from behind...I noticed it is just 14/2 romex leading to the light fixture, with a small break in the siding to allow the wires to connect to the fixtures.

My question is, what is the best way to mount the new fixture? It is a little confusing becuase of the texture of the siding (4-inch overlapping aluminum siding). Thanks!
 
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Old 03-27-05, 07:53 PM
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They make vinly blocks to mount fixture to. Some have the profile of the siding, some have integral j-channel all around.
I like the ones with the j-channel and an approved electrical box all together. They are made by Arlington.
They will work with aluminum as well.
 
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Old 03-27-05, 07:56 PM
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Here is the lap version, again from the store section of this site:
 
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Old 03-27-05, 07:58 PM
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Are any of these siding blocks available at major hardware stores?

Also, silly question, but I take it installing the electrical box is required to continue installation?
 
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Old 03-27-05, 08:02 PM
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Yes, on both counts, especially the second.
You can find them in any electrical supply house and most any home center or hardware store.
 
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For this purpose does the box itself have to be weatherproof?
 
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Old 03-27-05, 08:10 PM
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Not necessarily. The siding block does though. If you make or get a block without the built in box you must make sure an electrical box is very near flush with the face of the block. Also the fixture must sit flat on the block when installed.
This is why I like the blocks with the built in box. Solves several problems at once and is much easier to install.
Like this one:
On this web page.
 
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Seems practical. Just doesn't seem like something I recognize at Menards of Home Depot's electrical depts.
 
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Old 03-27-05, 08:18 PM
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I believe some stores put them in the vinyly siding area.
 
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I have seen (and purchased them) from both Home Depot and Lowes. They are in the section with the weatherproof electrical (covered boxes, etc.) which for some reason is in the lighting rather than the electrical department at my local HD....
 
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Ok, I will take a look at that. I would assume the Home Depot website doesn't have a lot of what the actual stores have..

But in the rare event I don't find a siding block easily, is it possible to make one out of wood or other material?
 
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If anyone has an answer to my latest question I would appreciate it (since I'm going to the hardware store later today). Thanks!
 
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I would assume that making one would be fine as long as you installed a proper electrical box also. The wiring should not be exposed to flammable wood, so the metal or plastic box is important.

I have bought the vinyl siding light mounts at Lowes in the vinyl siding section, BTW.
 
 

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