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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009

    Default Did I mount outdoor light fixture correctly?

    I just moved in my first house, and the outdoor light near the front door was broken.

    I went ahead and replaced it with a new fixture, which I've done in the past but this time I got a bit stuck.

    First, I removed the old fixture and "mounting bar" from the junction box. Next I installed a new "round" mounting bracket to the box.

    I was confused with the ground wire. The OLD fixture had black and white wires. The bare ground wire coming from the wall was screwed to the metal junction box ground screw (not any brackets).

    The NEW fixture has black, white, and bare ground. So I followed the directions and I did black to black, white to white, and I removed the ground that was screwed into the junction box and screwed it into the new bracket's ground screw. With the slack coming after the screw, I wire capped it to the ground wire of the fixture. So now it goes wall wire bare ground --> screwed to bracket ground --> capped to fixtures bare ground wire. Is this correct or should I have left it on the metal junction box.

    Lastly one more thing, there are two long screws coming out of the bracket. These are the screws that the light mounts to the wall with. They are too long, the caps do not go all the way down. Did I do something wrong or does this happen sometimes? Can I just use my dremel tool to cut them shorter? Is that bad?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Fayette County, Ohio

    Default Re: Did I mount outdoor light fixture correctly?

    Your wiring sounds fine. If you need to cut the mounting screws, first find nuts that will fit the screw, run the nuts down below the cut. That way after you cut the screws, removing the nut will help redress the threads.
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2009

    Default Re: Did I mount outdoor light fixture correctly?

    You “should” have left the box grounded and pigtailed off to ground the bar hanger and fixture ground but would not stress about it.

    As far as the screws and nuts go: We just run the screws in far enough from the back side of the bar hanger and whack the excess off with side cutters.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2009

    Default Re: Did I mount outdoor light fixture correctly?

    yeah, nec is right. technically you should always bond (ground) the box.. but since you did it and its for yourself, i wouldnt worry about it. as far as the screw goes, i usually leave the jam nut loose on it and tighten up the cap screw.. tighten up the cap screw till it holds the light. this will work as long as the box isnt to shallow.. or you can always cut the screw, but its faster if ya dont have too.

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