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Old 04-26-2010, 06:06 PM   #1
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Is in ceiling box requied for all types track lighting?


This would be a cathedral ceiling. Am confused because the literature seems to say yes, but when looking at various installations, the track is much narrower than a typical electrical box. Wonder if you can come through ceiling with wires than directly into the track. If there's a box above the units I've seen, it must be very small or covered over with drywall.

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Most tracs can employ an end feed which houses the wire and connections thus negating the need for a j-box.

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You might be confusing low voltage with line voltage track.
Low voltage track is much sexier (smaller heads and track, no obvious connection points) and can be directly fed with class 2 wire from a remote 120/12 transformer. That being said, LV is limited is several ways; Max capacity is 300w per circuit, the transformer location is always an issue and it’s easily double the cost of Line voltage.
Line voltage systems (the most common type) use a “floating feed” or starter (w/ canopy for a jbox install) to make your 120v connection.
http://www.eurekalighting.com/producthousing.aspx?Page=1&Cat=TRACK&HCat=1CIR
(Every manufacturer’s parts are nearly identical, but not interchangeable.)
Because you are installing in a vaulted ceiling i would install line voltage track with a jbox (sealed air tight) to mount your track and a canopy feed.
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Like I said, use a live end feed-no box needed.
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