light fixture without electrical box ok?

I am installing fluorescent lights on my bathroom wall. I was planning to mount them over electrical boxes, but for one of the fixtures, a stud is in the way. Now I can cut a huge notch out of the stud if necessary to fit a box, but I was wondering if electrical code allows me to just put cable clamps on the fixture itself and make the wiring connections inside the fixture's housing. This would require a considerably smaller notch on the stud.
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Adrian,
They make electircal boxes the same thickness as drywall so it would mount on the face of the stud after you cut the drywall away.
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A 1/2" thick electrical box? It's hard to see the point in a box that small.
The fixture is intended for bathroom use, UL listed for damp locations.
The instructions list two installation schemes: one involves using an electrical box and the other involves wiring it from the end (for the case where you have two fixtures in a line with the ends touching). There is a hole already knocked out where I could install a clamp. I asked the manufacturer about not using a box and was told:
According to the National Electrical code all Lighting Fixtures should be mounted to a Junction Box within a least 6ft of the fixture.
Which seems like a kind of weird requirement.

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Maybe it is too late at night and I will see that I misunderstood your question tomorrow, but you should follow the manufacturer's installation instructions. The fluorescent fixtures I have installed all had the connections made in the fixture (yes, with cable clamps provided by the manufacturer), so your situation would have been fine. If your fixtures need a box, then they need a box; there is probably a good reason for it.
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Adrian Mariano wrote:

Just a consideration. Are those lights designed for bathroom use?
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It is done all the time. Drill a hole in the area of the fixture that you need the hole. The fixture needs to be UL listed for making splices. I do not know of may that are not listed for the use.
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