Kitchen light - electrical box

Old 07-15-19, 03:32 PM
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Kitchen light - electrical box

I am doing some re-modeling of my kitchen. Above the window the last owners had a rectangular electrical box with live terminated wires as you can see in the attached. I assume this was for a light although there is no light switch.

My plan is to put a light back here rather than leave this ugly box. It looks like there used to be a round electrical box screwed to the wall at some point in the past. This was probably changed to allow a cupboard to be put there as this box was just below.

What is my best option? I would prefer not to have a box sticking out with a light attached to that. Its a plaster and lathe wall so I assume I should cut that out and recess a box there - but what is the best type of box to use and is this the approach I should be using?

Thanks for your help!

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Old 07-15-19, 05:46 PM
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Hi, that wiring appears to be old knob and tube, I would install a 4Ē round plastic old work box, it wonít be easy with the wood lath, if you donít need a fixture there just install a blank plate and paint it, if you do need a fixture then it will most likely need to have a pull chain switch.
Old 07-15-19, 09:50 PM
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Yes..... that is definitely knob and tube wiring.
You should be looking to replace that outdated wiring as you make improvements to your house.

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