Posts Tagged ‘wire nuts’

Questionable Electrical Connection

December 30, 2019

Usually, according to code, a metal electrical junction box should be in or on the wall before a light fixture can go up. All wire connections should be enclosed inside this box.

In the photo, some light sconces were added to an existing wall. Maybe because of stud placement inside the wall, or maybe laziness, or maybe ingenuity, the electrician fished a wire through the wall and out a hole, and then hooked up the sconces. All without benefit of a junction box.

I do believe this is perfectly safe. The wire connections are all tight and secured with wire nuts, and enclosed inside the housing of the light sconce.

However, while I don’t know electrical codes, I doubt that this is up to code. From what I understand, most such connections should be made inside a metal junction box.

I do have to say, I have seen this sort of thing many times – including in cities like Bellaire, Texas (Houston), where the building code inspectors are really tough.

New-Fangled Electrical Connectors for Wall Sconce

February 15, 2019

I ran into this very unusual electrical connection for a wall sconce today. There are no screw cap wire nuts. Instead, the wires from both the house and the light fixture push into the little orange plastic receptacles, which are built into the sconce’s mounting plate, and they automatically make the electrical connection. I’ve never seen it before, but it’s ingenious. And it seems safer than the traditional screw-cap method.

The only thing is, I can’t figure out how to get the wires out, so I can remove the sconce. I tried pulling, but was afraid to pull too hard. And I can’t find any place where I might slip in a tool to press on some sort of release or clip.

I’m going to do some Googling.