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Old 12-28-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Hey all looking to add some tracking lighting, but I have a "unique" situation.

I have two rooms, divided by an interior 2x4 wall. Now this wall has an open section at the top where light/sound can pass from one room to the other. So obviously non-load bearing. The opening at the top of the wall is really just an architectural accent. The opening is about 8' wide, 3' tall from the top of the wall to the vaulted ceiling.

I want to add some up lighting to bounce light off the ceilings of both rooms to try and brighten things up as our walls are a darker color. My thought its to add track lighting along the top 8' length of this 2 x 4 wall. I can then add lights and aim them as I wish. Now, this will be installed up-side-down from your typical track lighting installation which isn't a big deal however creating a proper electrical box to connect the lighting to will be a problem as I don't have any existing electrical supply in the area.

I have an electrical switch on the same wall already which controls existing outlets for lamps. I would like to run new wire from the switch to the top of the 2 x 4 wall where I can wire the track lighting into. Pretty straight forward but I'm not sure what the proper electrical box would be. Because the track lighting will rest directly on the 2 x 4 (add 1/2 sheet rock too) I can't install an electrical box like you normally would (side of the 2 x 4). I would need to notch the 2 x 4 in the center to install a 1-gang box (opening of the gang box would face the vaulted ceiling). Now normally you could just buy an old work box, cut a hole in your sheet rock and mount the electrical box by clamping it against the sheet rock, however the 2 x 4 is much thicker so I'm not sure if such a box exists.

Anyone have some suggestions? Or is this something completely against code?

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Purchase an end feed for the track, it does not require a separate electrical box.



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purchase an end feed for the track, it does not require a separate electrical box.


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I would make sure that the track you pick is rated to be installed "face up". I can see issues arising from exposed live parts in the track. If I'm not picturing your plan correctly, I apologize.
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The live parts would be no more exposed then when ceiling mounted. The mounting is simply rotated.
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I understand that, but it's hard for anything to fall into the track when it is mounted on the ceiling...and listings can be quite specific.
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I would feel pretty safe with it mounted on top of a wall that except for dust not much would have a chance to fall into the track.
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Believe me, I know what you are saying. I was one of the ones saying that that receptacle, face up, under the sink drain was legal.
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Thanks for the feedback, didn't realize the end feed was an option. When I asked at the hardware store he certainly didn't know this either! It's my first time with track lighting. I was also thinking about the face up orientation, only concern I had was dusts build-up over many years, so I thought about putting tape over the track once all the lights where positioned just to mitigate this.

I may actually mount the track lighting on the side of the wall now, mounted it temporarily last night to see the light disbursement and while it works, the result isn't quite what I had imagined.
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IMO, the track is fine to be mounted face up, i've yet to come across a manufacture saying otherwise.
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I haven't had the opportunity to check for myself.
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IMO, the track is fine to be mounted face up, i've yet to come across a manufacture saying otherwise.
Sure, like anyone reads the instructions.

The above is said in jest and in no way is meant to reflect stckboys ethics or work practices.
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Sure, like anyone reads the instructions.

The above is said in jest and in no way is meant to reflect stckboys ethics or work practices.
Ha, true story!

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