We're getting a sliding door and deck installed this week and the town inspector said I need to have an outside light by the door. I'm ready to tackle this part myself. Most of the howto stuff I find online says "It's easy, just remove the existing light fixture..." and I have no existing light fixture.
Do I need to cut a large hole in the aluminum siding and mount an outlet box to attach the fixture to? If so, how do I secure it?
Or is there a very low-profile outlet box I can put flush to the siding that won't stick out too much and won't require a huge hole?
Some of the fixtures in my house (not sure about the outdoor ones) have been installed without boxes altogether. I'm guessing this is not code, and I'm further guessing this is a corner that one shouldn't cut for outdoor lighting. Especially since the wall cavity has blown-in cellulose insulation--I feel like I should avoid having splices in contact with that.
Edit Thanks for the help. In the end I went with the large hole and retrofit light box.