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Old 08-03-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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hey guys, working at a remodel that's been worked on a few times over the last couple decades, looks like mostly by the owner's/handyman type of work and I've noticed that the track lighting is cross wired, and by that I mean two completely separate circuits control all of the ceiling lighting and must both be off to kill the power.

Am I right to assume that both circuits are on the same phase and have just been connected somewhere outside of the panel, therefor if only one circuit is off the second still supplys the 120v and backfeeds from the other? I don't imagine this being a common problem. Seems like they got lucky when they did connect them together, otherwise a direct short would occur. Tell me if I'm on to something here.

More so, to solve this issue in a safe way, do you have any ideas on how to separate them? I know I'm not giving much detail, but any suggestions will probably be helpful at this point.

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You might have 2 circuit track installed. This is done when you need to have more load than 1 circuit can supply or you which for 2 levels of lighting.

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I'd start at the switches. Cut both circuits off disconnect wires at switches and see what you are working with!
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Is this your house?

What type of apprentice are you?
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Thanks for the ideas. We mostly have it straightened out now. Still some pretty hackety stuff to be working with. Also doesn't help that it's old wire.

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Not my house. A small store in the downtown area.

Second year. Don't know if that's a type or not. But we do mostly residential, not so much commercial work. Haha.
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