I have an eletrical switch that controls a ceiling light/fan fixture
and above it there's an eletrical box which I opened up for the
purpose of taking the following picture:
My goal is to have something more sightly here. Can you tell me the
pupose of the eletrical box, whether it can be completely closed off
or whether it could be fitted with an outlet?
Many thanks in advance!
It could be fitted with an outlet, but how likely is it you'd plug something
in there, other than maybe the vacuum cleaner occasionally? If you don't
foresee using it, put a blank plate over it. If you want a close match to
the wall color, get a metal plate, sand it to prepare for painting, and
spray paint it.
Well, it is a junction box, we can't tell what it is for from here. It
probably involves the switch below it, but maybe not.
Test the wires; if the hot-neutral is always 120v regardless of the switch
position, it can "probably" be used for an outlet (unless it is controlled
by another switch...)
You don't want an outlet up there; or do you?
Those extra boxes are common in remodeling/retrofitting/addition projects.
When adding stuff to an existing home, it is often the easiest way to
accomplish the task (but, not always the best).
If it bothers you, it can be patched and painted over.
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