I have cedar siding and I need to replace a broken flood light unit.
The electrical wire comes through the wall through a hole about the
size of a quarter and connects into the "box" of the flood light. I
have looked far and wide on the net and don't seem to see these
anymore. I only see ones which connect to electrical boxes that are
recessed into the wall.
My question is - is it code to have a metal or plastic box for the
flood light unit to attach to or is it ok to just have the wire come
through the wall and into the unit? The unit will be subjected to
rain and snow.
If the box is not integral to the fixture, you need to add one. Rab and
Mulberry make rectangle and octagonal rain-tight boxes for outdoor
floodlights. Depot, Lowes, or any electrical supply will have them
You really should have a box. Surface mount boxes are still sold. They
call them "bell boxes". Why I don't know. At Lowes they are not on the
same asile as all the other boxes. In our stores they are one aisle over,
near the low cost floodlights.
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