Ghostbusters Electrical Panel Cover

Ghostbusters ecto containment unit electrical panel cover design 2016 dave delisle davesgeekyideas dave's geeky ideas

Seeing as the Ecto Containment Unit is a wall-mounted hub where many wires originate, I figured it would be a fun way to conceal electrical panels found in households (more so if the panel is in the basement). Your circuit breakers would now reside in a ghost prison.

Ghostbusters ecto containment unit electrical panel cover design 2016 dave delisle davesgeekyideas dave's geeky ideas

Instead of creating an electrical panel shaped like the Ecto Containment Unit, I felt a separate cover that sits atop an existing electrical panel would be easier and cheaper to install. The design is modular so it can safely bypass all the wiring.


Some people have electrical panels that are flush with the wall (all the wires are behind drywall), so this cover wouldn’t look as authentic without any visible wires. Maybe fake wires could be used? Then again, many geeks prefer a less cluttered look.

Beyond the installation of the cover, one possible challenge I can think of is getting the cover wired directly into the panel so the display lights of the Ecto Containment Unit can function. That kind of hookup would warrant the help of an electrician.

Speaking of which, I’m not an electrician (Disclaimer!) so I don’t know if there are any hidden hazards when it comes to adding a cosmetic cover to an existing electrical panel. So if you are an electrician and can highlight why this is a terrible idea, please let me know in the comments.

12 thoughts on “Ghostbusters Electrical Panel Cover

  1. Cool looking idea!

    Pretty sure electrical code expects the surface of the metal circuit breaker box to be left exposed in case of electrical fire, though. A breaker box can gradually generate heat so covering it insulates that heat. I’m no electrician but I work around a lot of construction people from time to time and they are pretty insistent that those breaker boxes be given a specific radius that is clear of clutter and/or flammables.

    Still. Super cool idea. 😃

    1. It’s probably not apparent but the main box of the Ecto Containment Unit is elevated away from the wall (it has feet) allowing room for wires and for the electrical panel to breathe.

    2. This should be fine. I’ve never seen an uncovered breaker box, unless the panel door was broke. If you make the door out of aluminum, any heat it might collect would dissipate quickly.

  2. I’d like to start by saying that this is a boss idea! It’s an excellent way to turn an otherwise dead space into something epic, but it is dangerous. OSHA regulations and the NFPA codes both require accesibility in front of the panel to be a minimum of 3 ft of clearance and the width to be 2.5 ft. Or the width of the panel, whichever is greater. This is so incase of an emergency there is clearance to work and quick access to circuit breakers. If you have or can get access to a copy of the NEC (National Electrical Code) I believe the information can be found in article 110.26. I love this idea, and I think if you could somehow incorprate it into being the actual panel cover and teaming with a company like square D or seimens and get it through UL testing, maybe market it as a kit, these would fly off of the shelves or website.

  3. You’d have to get this ul listed or else if a fire were ever blamed on it, you’d be directly liable (or your llc etc etc). I’m an electrical designer and the code (nec article 110) demands a working clearance of at least 3 feet in front of most panels, so, again, unless you get it listed it’s a huge no no.

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