I've purchased an illuminated mirror (with a built in light strip around the outside) for my bathroom remodel. I'm trying to figure out the best way to wire it.

I have the wiring prepped for a new outlet in the wall behind the mirror. The back of the mirror is flat, and sits flush against the wall. The electric connection for the mirror is a wire with un-terminated ends. The instructions provided for wiring are below:

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Options I'm considering:

  1. Based on the instructions, in appears the suggestion is similar to a ceiling fan or light fixture, wire-nut the wires to the mains connection, stuff it inside a wall-box, and conceal with the mirror. Will this satisfy code? Is there a faceplate I should be using with the wall-box?

  2. Install a recessed outlet, terminate the mirror wires in the flattest grounded plug I can find, and hope the plug isn't proud of the wall so the mirror can sit flush

Or any other suggestions?

  • I like option 2. Shop for "single gang recessed single receptacle". Sep 21, 2018 at 22:58
  • Thanks. I took a closer look, the backing of the mirror does has some flex to it. So even with a slightly protruding plug, I think the mirror could fit flush against the wall.
    – Ryan K
    Sep 22, 2018 at 1:18

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I would double check the manufacturer instructions they may state the mirror is the cover just like a light fixture when mounted. A cover plat makes a slight bulge and could crack the mirror depending on how it mounts.

  • Here are the instructions. They're pretty light on details unfortunately. The relevant section is basically " Match & attach 3 electrical wires from mirror to home electrical wires: Live to Live, Ground to Ground, Neutral to Neutral." cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0756/5369/files/GALAXY_48x36.pdf
    – Ryan K
    Sep 22, 2018 at 1:11
  • Well there is a driver supplying power to the fixture is this located in the box I can't tell from the instructions, a call to the mfg to make sure I would think the mirror would be the same as a light fixture because the box is covered by the mirror. If a cover with a grommet was required it would be specified so at this point I would think the mirror would be the same as a light fixture.
    – Ed Beal
    Sep 22, 2018 at 1:43

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