RENOVATION WARNING! A PSA About The “Standard” But Too Big Junction Box (Also HELP)

We’re full velocity forward on my brother’s River home challenge (lastly within the “enjoyable to point out you” stage which is occurring SOON) and it’s citing extra issues for me to inform you. This time it’s not about errors you may keep away from or stopping issues from contractor, it’s simply that typically the design world strikes ahead with new issues, however the “normal” manner of constructing a home stays the identical except you flag it early. These are *largely* solveable and once more, not a “mistake” simply an “OH OK GOOD TO KNOW”. It’s actually about understanding what you need early, design-wise, and speaking it to your contractor to allow them to construct the home for the way you designed it.

picture by kaitlin inexperienced | from: farmhouse kitchen reveal

The “Too Massive Junction Field” If You Need Small Sconces Or Ceiling Lights

Right here’s the deal – a junction field is {the electrical} housing that sits behind the drywall that you simply join a wall or ceiling mild to, and most are a normal dimension (often 4″, typically 5″, I assume), making a gap that dimension within the wall. And but there are such a lot of new and funky sconces on the market which have a a lot smaller “cover”, which is the spherical or sq. a part of the scones that connects to the wall and COVERS the J-box gap). Do you at all times have your sconces/ceiling lights picked out earlier than {the electrical} is completed? Nope. However in order for you one of many new/cool sconces that has a tiny cover then you should set up a a lot smaller junction field and in the event you don’t catch it, the electrician will set up normal. This has occurred to me now twice and counting…

picture by sara ligorria-tramp | from: a fast replace: the adjustments i’ve made to my la front room

Years in the past this occurred in LA once I wished to place artwork lights over our cabinets flanking our hearth, changing larger sconces (the identical ones which are on the edges of the room). The artwork lights had a small again rectangular plate, however the J-boxes had been 4″ in diameter. Our partitions had been plaster and subsequently switching out the J-boxes to a smaller one and patching them was going to be annoying, however I actually wished these sconces and already had them readily available. We ended up placing them over a bit of painted steel that lined the outlet, connected the sconce to that, and known as it a day (I wouldn’t do that for a design shopper or myself now, BTW, however I used to be pleased with it then for no matter cause).

picture by sara ligorria-tramp | from: a fast replace: the adjustments i’ve made to my la front room

This occurred once more in our farmhouse within the rooms the place there was paneling. I wished image mild sconces flanking the hood within the kitchen and within the household room however I forgot to catch it in time and the electrician put in the usual 4″ Junction bins, drilling big 4″ holes into the gorgeous horizontal wooden. The sconces I wished had a 3 1/2″ again plate – not large enough to cowl the outlet. You’ll be able to’t patch a wooden hole like that so I needed to return the sconces I wished and bought larger ones, that are tremendous however I wished these initially.

picture by kaitlin inexperienced | from: farmhouse household room reveal

However the factor is that the smaller junction bins appear to be dearer so that you wish to select them properly. It’s like smaller canned lights – you won’t wish to put them in all places or it could possibly actually up your price range, so understanding the place you may want these smaller sconces earlier than you end drywall (or paneling) is essential. And sure, you may undoubtedly change out the J-box to make it smaller, you simply have to patch/restore the drywall and paint (which is simpler than paneling or plaster, however nonetheless a factor you probably have clean partitions).

However I ALSO wish to discuss to lighting producers/retail manufacturers about this – I believe this needs to be flagged prominently on the location earlier than shopping for. Actual cover dimension is usually not even on specs and FURTHERMORE, typically if there are articulating sconces you may’t even see the cover within the picture. These sconces have a 2″ backplate (not even certain how small of a J-box you would wish), and I nearly purchased these just lately for a challenge however I’d have needed to redo the drywall. However increasingly more I’m discovering sconces that I need have a small backplate which must get caught first.

So my PSA to you is to A. attempt to discover your sconces/ceiling lights early on and B. double test the scale of the cover in order that you probably have a smaller one you may have time to place in a smaller J-box earlier than you order and should return (or do some annoying patchwork).

Pontificate within the feedback if I’m flawed about this or if there’s a resolution that we don’t learn about. xx

Opening Picture Credit: Picture by Kaitlin Inexperienced

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