A fixture box is basically the home unit for an electrical device, like a light. If you want to add lighting or modify your exterior lighting, you might need to set up a fixture box. Many jobs require the help of an electrician but replacing or adding a fixture box isn’t that hard of a job. The following article will demonstrate how to set up an outdoor lighting fixture box yourself.
Fixture boxes are a part of the electrical system of your home. Once you’re planning your own project, the wide variety of boxes can be confusing. There are many varieties of metal and plastic boxes. They are available in depths ranging from 1/2″ to over 3″ deep. There are boxes without springs that serve as thickness covers and extenders with cutouts.
Electric Boxes in the Home
Metal boxes come in the following types:
- Drawn Steel (1-piece construction)
- Interlocked (typically for switch and socket boxes)
Boxes can be made from other kinds of plastic. They can be made out of:
- PVC (most common)
- Phenolic Resin
Round Pan Electrical Fixture Box
1/2″ and 3/4″ Deep; 3-1/2″ in circumference
The metal box used for installation of wall or ceiling mounted lighting supports up to 50 lbs.
The box can be used as a socket.
Few rated metal pan boxes could be used for ceiling fans but not all boxes could be used for this purpose.
Octagon and Round Electric Fixture Box
1-1/2″ to 2-1/ Deep
Commonly used for installation of wall or ceiling mounted lighting fixtures up to 50 lbs.
May be used as a junction box.
Using metal conduit, a steel box may be used as an outlet or switch box.
Round plastic boxes normally have “ears” for wall or ceiling attachment.
4″ SQUARE FIXTURE BOX
1-1/4″- 2-1/8″ Deep
Square boxes are used for conductors and connectors.
Most frequently, boxes are utilized to run several conductors in at least two directions to deliver power to various devices.
Square boxes may be installed in ceilings or walls.
Square, Octagon, and Round Box Covers
These covers are utilized to close a socket box. Never leave the box uncovered.
Receptacles or switches can be placed into octagon or square boxes by using covers with cutouts.
For lighting fixtures, use round or octagon covers.
Raised square covers are used for switches or receptacles.
Flat round closed plates are intended for use in dry locations to shut tiled ceiling sockets.
Install an Exterior Light Fixture Box
Parts Needed for Typical Fixture Mounting
Ceiling and wall fixtures fit into standard outlet boxes and are often easy to mount.
Most fixtures are mounted by means of a fixture stud or a fixture strap. You want an extension for mounted fixtures.
Any mounting devices necessary for fittings are included in the materials supplied by the manufacturer. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for a neat installation.
Light Fixture Types
This sort of fixture is mounted to the ceiling and has a plastic or glass shade. Ceiling fixtures are common in old houses, often providing light.
Often seen in kitchens, dining rooms, entrances, and hallways, chandeliers can add light and drama to a room. Because they tend to dominate the area, a chandelier’s style sets the tone for a decor over any light fixture.
Surface-mounted into the wall; can be directed upwards or downwards. Their covers or colors also add to the style of a room. Wall sconces provide task or ambient lighting.
Table, Desk, and Floor Lamps
Made in a wide assortment of styles and sizes, lamps are a very versatile and mobile source of lighting. Lamps give off light to a given direction. Lamps are frequently used as task lights, especially for reading, but could also provide lighting.