New light wont sit flush


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Old 01-02-20, 01:07 PM
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New light wont sit flush

I had to replace an exterior light on the carport on the side of the house. The previous owners had moved where the light was originally to a 4x4 post in the carport. I can't move the light to the original location anymore, but also like where the light is now.

On the 4x4 post I have an electrical box with the wire coming through with conduit on the side.

The old light sat just fine on the electrical box. The new light does not. The new light fixture leans and angles downwards - so it looks really bad.

Is there something I can add behind the light or somewhere to keep the light from leaning down?

One photo is the old light, other photo is the new light.

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Old 01-02-20, 02:50 PM
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That light is not meant to attach as shown. It needs to be attached to a box reset into the wall. The fixture based relies on the wall to support it properly.
 
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Old 01-02-20, 05:12 PM
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thats what i was thinking, but is there anyway to make it sit properly with the current set-up?
 
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Old 01-02-20, 06:15 PM
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Sounds like you just need to make a base flush with the face of the box, maybe piece of plywood, and 2x 3 for blocking?

Or a piece of small sheet of steel between the box and the fixture so that it sits atop the box but extends further out, giving you the base.
 
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Old 01-02-20, 06:41 PM
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It looks like the mounting box was changed.
Change it to a pancake box. It will sit flush on the beam and the light fixture should cover it.
There are several different styles to choose from. One is shown below.

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Old 01-02-20, 06:52 PM
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Tratts, I was thinking of something like that - probably will be the answer.

No the mounting box was not changed - just spray painted and sits deeper in the new light. Dont think I can do a pancake box as the wiring comes in from the far side of that box
 
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Old 01-03-20, 03:02 AM
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Cut a piece of 1/2 inch copper pipe the correct length to hold the bottom out.
The lay that at the bottom of the box.

Looks like the top is being held out by the upper tube of the fixture.
If this is the case then you could cut out an area at the top of the box so it can be pulled in tight to the box.
Problem here is that I cannot see where the wire enters the box and that may also be in the way.
 
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Old 01-03-20, 06:44 AM
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Shortening the two screws holding the fixture might do the job.
 
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Old 01-03-20, 10:35 AM
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yeah, the big problem is that the wires come into the box on the side, so the connection where they come in is in the way
 
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Old 01-03-20, 10:56 AM
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Then a new box or dismantle the new and old light and combine them using the base from the old lamp on the new lamp. Paint it while it is apart if it looks to ugly for you.
 
 

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