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By Dave Rongey - Summary:

I started changing light fixtures in my apartment and there were no junction boxes. Isn’t that a code violation?

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Question: I started changing light fixtures in my apartment and there were no junction boxes. Isn’t that a code violation?

This electrical question came from: Mary, from Tampa, Florida

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Mary
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Mary, some light fixtures have an area that is approved for electrical connections and a bonding screw for the ground wire. This area would provide protection for the electrical wiring and would contain the electrical wiring where it would not come into contact with the surface of the wall or ceiling.  However, if the fixture canopy or area is open to the wall or ceiling then the light fixture should be mounted onto an approved electrical light fixture box of junction box.

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