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MrBill_DIY 11-11-2008 09:48 PM

Problem Installing Track Light
This is my first experience with track lights. I bought a 44" inch track light kit at Home Depot, hoping to install the light on a horizontal collar beam above a workbench in my attic. The box said that the fixture could be installed on a wall as well as a ceiling, so I assumed the junction between the Romex and the fixture wires could be made inside the light itself. Unfortunately, I discovered the thing is designed to be installed under a ceiling junction box, not on the side of 2x6.

What to do? One of my how-to books says that track light manufacturers make adapters so you can attach a regular lamp cord to the end of a track light. Then I could just run the lamp cord to a receptacle. Any other ideas?

Termite 11-11-2008 11:18 PM

Yes, track lighting is normally made up in a device box that mounts in the ceiling or wall. Could I suggest that you add a 2x6 (and perhaps a 1x6) to the existing 2x6, and cut a hole/recess for a device box. You can make it as long as the fixture, or longer if aesthetics dictate. That way you can still mount to the beam, but you don't have to drill a hole in it....The added 2x6 and 1x6 are non-structural, but will allow you build the fixture out to accomodate the box.

J. V. 11-12-2008 11:03 AM

Since it's in your attic and over your work bench, why not just get 2 octagon boxes and use one as a dummy and the other for the J-box. Or shim the opposite end with a piece of 2x4. If your not concerned about the appearance, this would work.

MrBill_DIY 11-12-2008 06:26 PM

Those are good ideas. Since the fixture has screw holes at both ends, I think I might just tack two short 2x4 blocks onto the side of the 2x6 to secure the fixture, and that will give me the depth for the octagonal junction box that holds the wiring connections. Problem solved. Thanks!

220/221 11-12-2008 06:57 PM

Most tracks come with floating, center feed connector which requires a flush mounted j box.

You need a live end connector. About 6 bucks at the Depot.

MrBill_DIY 11-12-2008 09:35 PM

Thanks, I found the live feed connector at Home Depot, and that was the easiest way out of the problem. The light is installed.

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