mount outside lights into brick

sammy zone 7 TulsaMay 1, 2011

We used to have a spotlight on the garage.

Years ago we renovated the garage, and made it a recreation room, so there are wires in the room, but now we want to have exterior lights on either side of the garage door. (It is a fake door that is now a wall.)

Since I don't want the wires to be seen, is it true that someone needs to drill through the brick, and connect with the wires in the room?

We need to find an electrician, and do you know if this is a time consuming task to connect the lights, or if it is an everyday type of task. I know that many houses around here have the lights on either side of the garage, but the house was built that way. Our house was built in 1979, and had a ugly spotlight.

I want to be sure that we keep things as cheap and simple as possible. Not knowing what to expect, we could end up paying a huge amount of money or we could get something that is cheap, and wouldn't last.

I'd like to know what to expect as far as cost and time.



Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Unless you want to surface mount an exterior box on the brick you need to cut a hole large enough for at least a single gang box in the brick.

In a brick veneer house (1 wythe thick brick on the exterior) the hole for the box will be as thick as the brick.

It is not especially hard to do, just a little time consuming.

I normally try yo locate the box so it is at a corner of the brick, then drill through the mortar and use a plugging chisel to clean out as much mortar as needed before cutting the bricks themselves with a chisel.

If you do a neat job the box and edges of the brick are covered by the lamp's base that attaches to the box for support.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 11:17AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Before you cut the brick you need to check to see that access to get the wire down into the wall is not blocked by a large header for the door.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 9:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

How do you attach the box once you have cut the brick?

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 7:18AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Use a masonry box held in place with mortar.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 7:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Or a plain box and polyurethane adhesive (it is with the caulk).

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 9:35AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sammy zone 7 Tulsa

You have given me excellent advice, and I realize that a pro needs to do the work.

We found an electrician, and were very suspicious about using him. He is bonded and insured, and also showed us his list of prices. Everything that we need to have done is standard, and he does it all the time. In our case he will go to the attic, find the spotlight wire, and use it to connect the wires to the house.

In our case this is not a DIY job, and your responses helped me realize that.


    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 7:14AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Grounding Service panel 200amp
Is the new NEC saying to no longer run # 4 copper wire...
Oil in Motor of Ironrite Rotary Iron. what do I do now?
Hi, I just bought an old 1946 Ironrite rotary iron...
2 Lights Out on 4 Light Fixture
I was sitting at my dining room table, heard a tiny...
1 of 2 security light bulbs keep going out, do i need a new light?
I have a security light fixture in my carport that...
Troubleshooting Kohler 12RES Problem
I have a Kohler 12RES generator with an RDT 100 Amp...
Sponsored Products
Raja Lamp
| Dot & Bo
Black Outdoor Wall 1-Light Fluorescent
Alpha Round Wall Sconce by Vibia
$435.00 | Lumens
Access Lighting Bo 62236LED-BS/OPL Vanity - 62236LED-BS/OPL
$196.00 | Hayneedle
Birch Blonde Giclee Brushed Nickel Garth Floor Lamp
Lamps Plus
Suspension Brushed Nickel Island Pendant
$569.80 | Bellacor
Acclaim Lighting Wall Mounted Brynmawr Collection Wall-Mount 1-Light Outdoor
$42.91 | Home Depot
Capital Lighting Transitional Bath Vanity Light
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™