Adding box for wall mounted light

Old 12-08-14, 02:56 PM
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Adding box for wall mounted light


For some odd reason when they did the addition on my house the only light in the "game room" (the one between the garage and the main house) is a CFL hooked to a set of wires coming out of a hole in the drywall (long story, but I wasn't here when the construction was actually done...). I'd like to replace it with a "real" wall mounted light. Since the wall is "finished", i.e. has drywall on it and is painted, I was thinking that some sort of electrical box that can be put into the drywall and will support the light. What's the best way to do this? Or do I need to find some way to add a box and attach it to a stud?


Old 12-08-14, 03:23 PM
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You could cut in an old work box, either metal or plastic, depending on the weight of the fixture. Ray made a recommendation for a 4" round box. Depending on the fixture base... that would be a better choice.

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Old 12-08-14, 05:57 PM
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The old work ceiling boxes are a little harder to install than the wall boxes, cut out is more exacting. You do need the old work ceiling box, but try to find a template for the cut out. Template should be available at the place of purchase, but they are often missing.
Old 12-09-14, 08:54 AM
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A 4" holesaw works very well for the old work ceiling boxes.

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