Light fixture bracket doesn't fit junction box


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Old 07-29-21, 09:22 PM
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Light fixture bracket doesn't fit junction box

Hello, I'm trying to install a new light fixture in my bathroom however the "universal" mounting bracket provided doesn't seem to allow me to orient it the way I need it with my junction box. The bracket has tabs that must be perfectly horizontal in order for the fixture to be level. The junction box only has holes oriented perfectly up/down and right left, while the holes in the bracket only have holes slightly adjacent to those positions. Here are some pictures for reference:




I'm just curious how I'm supposed to solve this? Is my junction box installed incorrectly? Or is the mounting bracket provided just bad? I can't replace the bracket because those tabs are needed for securing the fixture. So do I need a cross beam bracket for my bracket?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

P.S First post for my first house!
 
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Old 07-29-21, 09:46 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Congrats for the new house.

You may have to drill the mounting plate. I do it all the time when you have to use the supplied one.
 
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Old 07-30-21, 04:26 AM
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I find it difficult to understand that none of those slotted holes line up with at least two holes in the box. You have rotated it in all directions?
 
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Old 07-30-21, 10:39 AM
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It does happen. You'll find one hole lines up perfectly and the other is blocked by the bar.
Drill the one hole.

Usually you can turn the fixture bar and it will line up.
But in this case the mounting bar must remain horizontal to match the fixture screws.

I see there are four holes in the box. Check both sets for alignment.
 
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Old 07-30-21, 02:30 PM
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Since that is a remodel box you can turn the box in the wall. Just loosen the two screws a little and then rotate the box in the wall.

I find it difficult to understand that none of those slotted holes line up with at least two holes in the box.
The bracket is set up of an octagon box, which almost nobody used anymore but light fixture manufacturers keep making brackets for.
 
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Old 07-30-21, 10:48 PM
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Thanks for all the responses! I ended up just drilling new holes in the bracket which worked out. I had no I idea that you could just rotate the box in the wall...I'll keep that in mind for the future (I'm sure I'll run into something similar in this house).
 
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Old 07-31-21, 05:12 AM
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Not all boxes can be rotated. It just so happens that the box you have there is a remodel box which is installed after the drywall is installed. Other boxes are attached to the studs which are more difficult to move.
 
 

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