Here's what I want to do (in PA).
Cut out drywall between two studs. Mount a florescent light on one of
the studs. Put a tempered frosted glass panel (in a wooden frame) over
the opening to finish it off.
Any obvious code issues here? I'm anticipating some given the recessed
application of a non-recessed fixture?
Uh, why not just buy a recessed fixture to put in there? It's been a few
years, but I have seen ones like you are describing. Used in auditoriums
and such for low-level wall lights that people won't bump into, before
they went to those floor-embedded rope light things.
I'm no code expert, but I'm pretty sure that what amounts to a
fully-enclosed wood recessed fixture around electrical connections and a
heat source, would not pass muster. Maybe if you lined it with metal,
but then you may as well buy a fixture.
Why don't you go to a real lighting supply store and ask them what
they have around to show you... Trying to find something like you
want at Home Depot is a losing battle...
Wall lighting is more common in commercial buildings for decoration
type purposes and accent... I have seen all kinds and types of
signage enclosures which have had lights in them but that is overkill
for what you want...
I would try to find a metal fixture which has a proper enclosure
because fluorescent lighting ballasts can be quite warm when
operating and you wouldn't want the wood fixture you would
be recessing in the wall to get too hot...
Codes vary from location to location, so someone else's experiences aren't going
to mean much. You need to call your local code enforcement office and ask them.
At a minimum, I suspect you'll be told that the fixture needs to be enclosed in
a fire resistant or UL box. I have recessed stair lighting and that's how they
were able to install that.
Is the florescent light suitable to installed in an enclosed space
without excessive heat damaging it? In other words is the florescent
light that you are planing on using have a cover as part of its
original design? If so then make a recessed wooden box with a bottom
and four sides using one of the studs as one of the sides.
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