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Reinstalling Hollywood Strip Bathroom Light Fixture

So i removed my old hollywood-style bathroom light fixture in preparation to put in a new one.  However, decided not to go with the new one and tried to reinstall the hollywood light fixture with no success.  There is no junction box in the middle where you expect the fixture to be mounted and the wires are just fed through a hole  in the wall.  Thus, to attach the fixture to the wall, there were two holes drilled near the ends of the fixture and two 3" machine screws to screw in.  The problem is that there appears to be nothing inside the wall to attach the machine screws into.  No nut, no nothing, just air.  I stuck a scewdriver in the holes that is 4 inches longer than the screws and still hit nothing but air.  I am 100% positive that the screws were attached to something as it took me quite a while to unscrew them to the fixture off but now i'm stumped.  Anyone have any ideas what on earth these are supposed to attach to so the fixture is secure?  Thanks.
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Posted 2015-07-28T12:02:31+0000  by MikeHava MikeHava
First off, the electrical connections should be made in a junction box, not in the fixture itself.  You should add a box.  It can be round or rectangular but you'll need one "old work".  Metal or plastic depends on local code.

As for how the fixture was attached to the wall.  Very likely toggle bolts.  When you removed the screw the "wings" of the bolt fell down inside the wall.

Posted 2015-07-30T09:50:22+0000  by Adam444
Hello MikeHava.  Welcome to the Community!

The old work box you will need to install will be strong enough to support your fixture.  You should be able to easily attach the light fixture to the box with a couple of #8 screws.


Posted 2015-07-31T19:07:47+0000  by Chris_HD_CHI
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