Add another outdoor post lamp on existing switch


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Old 12-03-16, 05:09 PM
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Add another outdoor post lamp on existing switch

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I am planning to pigtail the wires from an existing near by post lamp to get power to the new lamp. Went to look for an electrical box (with precut holes for pipes) that work with the existing square lamp post adapter but found nothing like that. Looked online to find lamp post adapter that has precut holes or one that has enough room at the base so i might try to drill the whole myself on the side. There was no such thing. What are my other alternatives without having to dig under gound for the wires?

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Post photos of the box you currently have at the existing fixture.
 
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Old 12-03-16, 08:19 PM
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I don't think there is a box. If I understand correctly.... there is an existing square post light and the wiring currently comes up thru it from the bottom.

You can use a standard outdoor weatherproof box. They come with a knockout in the back. You can drill a 3/4" hole thru the post and mount the box directly over that hole. Some silicone sealant should be used on the top and sides. The bottom is left open.

You will have to pull off the light fixture and fish wires from the box up to the light. You can use UF type underground direct burial wiring between light posts.

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Some further instructions.... when you drill the hole in the post you MUST use care and a short bit so as not to cut the feed cable inside the post. I use a 3/4" hole saw with a very short pilot bit. You will also want to use very short screws when mounting box to the pole.
 
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Thank you for the relies. I am sorry for being unclear.. It's a post lamp type but mounted on a brick post. Sorry, didnt think it was important. So there is no post. And yes, the wires come up from the center of the brick post, inside the standard square post adapter. I cant find anywhere on the adapter that large and flat enough to drill a whole to fit 1/2 in pipe nipple.

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Old 12-04-16, 12:36 PM
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It's a post lamp type but mounted on a brick post. Sorry, didnt think it was important.
Going to need a picture for further help. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html

It sounds like you want to lift the light and put some type of box between light and the post mounted in brick. That doesn't sound like it's going to look to good.
 
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I was hoping i could find something match the size and color s it wouldnt be so bad. Here iscthe pic. I might consider drill on the cylinder base of the lamp to attach the pipe.

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I had a feeling that was what you were going to post.

Yes.... you'd need to drill the mounting base.... on the least visible side.
You should be able to pull the fixture up to look into the base to see what you have to work with.
 
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Thx Pete, for the "approval", lol...i was concerned that the responses would be "not acceptable or too gheto". Yes, the pipe will be on the side where it will be least visible.

Thx again for the advice.
 
 

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