I'm planning to install a ceiling fan and I need to put it farther
from the existing light. So, can the existing ceiling/light box serve
as the junction box or do I need to get a new box specifically for
this? The current box is plastic. Thanks.
If you're keeping the existing light in place, and there is enough
room in the ceiling box, you could run cable from there to the new
What you cannot do is add the cable to the new fan, close up the box
and patch the ceiling. (Unless you have access to the box in the
attic.) In other words, boxes are not allowed to be buried
(inaccessible) in a wall or ceiling.
It's a normal light fixture box that had a light in it, 14/2 w/ground
being the only wire. It seems I can use this existing box to "join"
another 14/2 that will go to the fan 4-5 feet from it. I will be using
a box rated for fan use for the fan and I will keep the "junction box"
accessible. Thanks for the input.
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