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.
A 1/2" thick electrical box? It's hard to see the point in a box that
The fixture is intended for bathroom use, UL listed for damp
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
Which seems like a kind of weird requirement.
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
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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