Outdoor lighting install question


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Old 01-16-19, 06:26 PM
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Outdoor lighting install question

I just moved into a new house this past summer and wanted to change the light fixture above the porch. When I removed the existing fixture, I found no junction box had been installed. The house has vinyl siding and there is a mounting box the fixture is attached to, but the wiring just comes through a hole in the exterior wall and was tucked between the siding and the wall. My question is, do I need to install a junction box for the new fixture or is it ok as it is?
 
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Old 01-16-19, 07:19 PM
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You need a junction box. However some fixtures do qualify as junction boxes.
 
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Old 01-17-19, 05:15 AM
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Hi, send a pic of the box so we can see what you have.
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Old 01-21-19, 06:32 PM
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Exclamation Photos of light fixture wiring

I took the best photos I could. There is no plastic "box" behind the piece that the bracket is screwed into. It's just empty space.
 
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Old 01-21-19, 07:21 PM
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That bracket is called a fixture bar and it gets mounted to an electrical box. It's used to change the orientation of the mounting screws to match the fixture. It's not a standalone piece as used in your case.

Those plastic blocks come with standard size box cutouts. That looks like it was an un-cut or blank one. You could use a surface box or cut-in based on type of fixture.

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