When installing new electrical outlet, junction, fixture, or switch boxes in a room, remember these helpful tips:
- Always remember to disconnect power to the area you are working on before beginning any
- Plan where larger pieces of furniture will be placed so the electrical boxes for outlets,
switches, or fixtures will not be covered.
- Identify where large electrical power requirements (appliances, electronics, etc.) will be
placed so electrical outlets can be planned accordingly with the right 2 gang, 3 gang, or larger gang boxes to accommodate the right number and type of outlets, etc.
- Allow for at least one electrical box per wall, if not more.
- Use a stud finder to find the stud nearest your desired electrical box location. The
electrical box will be mounted on the side of the stud.
- Electrical outlets are typically installed 12 inches from the floor to the bottom of the
- The standard height for light switch box installation is 48 inches from the floor to the
bottom of the switch box.
- Plan one ceiling box for each light fixture.
- Plan one fan box to mount each ceiling fan, centrally located as needed.
- Plan for electrical boxes near cable outlets, and keep junction boxes at an acessible or
- Identify your needs for light switches, fixtures, cable, telephone, and other auxilary jacks
in combination with electrical outlets (e.g., fiber optic, ethernet, satellite television systems, etc.).
- See NEC® (National Electric Code®) 314 for requirements for electrical box installation, box
fill limitations and box grounding.
- Obtain any required permits from the building inspector for your area.