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Old 11-22-2009, 11:38 PM   #1
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I would like to install three track light sets. I want the room to have lots of light. However, I only have a central light overhead with two switches - one for the light and one for a future fan.

I am thinking I could run wires on the face of the ceiling from the central light to where each track light is installed. I would then use some kind of covers over the wires. Perhaps I could use one switch for the ceiling and the other switch for the track lights instead of a fan.

I am not an electrician but I think I could handle this project myself. I have a voltmeter to test the wires and can shut off the circuit breakers. I have wire strippers and other basic tools as well.

And I say "track light" but I would be okay with fixed position (rotating) lights (three or four per track). The lights don't need to slide - just rotate if needed.

Does this idea look feasible?

Any inputs on this plan is appreciated.

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Old 11-23-2009, 06:26 AM   #2
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you can do this on the surface using wiremold.

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Old 11-23-2009, 10:13 AM   #3
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I found a website here:
http://www.wiremold.com/publigen/pro...bution/?cid=11

The enclosure I am thinking of is in the upper-right. I will go to Lowe's and see what they have there.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:11 PM   #4
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I am thinking I could run wires on the face of the ceiling from the central light to where each track light is installed.
Sure......If you want it to look like crap.

Always conceal your wiring for a professional looking installation. If you have attic space it is relatively easy. If not, a little cut and patch is the way to go. It's only drywall.
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Ok, but this room is on the bottom floor with a room above it. I imagine there are wood beams in the ceiling that I will need to drill holes through and I don't know how to do that without pulling out a large chunk of drywall so that I can fit the drill in. I think there are perhaps 3 beams that I would need to drill through.

Any suggestions?
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If you have to run perpendicular to the joists, some people cut small notches in the drywall to snake the cable under the joists and simply fill the hole with quick setting patching compound.

To stay code compliant you must take out a little more drywall (about 2"x4") and notch the joist slightly and install a small steel plate (FHA plate) to cover the vulnerable cable.

Fishing cable is doable but experience will speed things up 100 times.
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:22 AM   #7
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I found a solution! Home Depot has a "Hampton Bay" collection with flexible track lighting which connects to the existing center light. Therefore I won't have to run any wires. Up to four of these can be connected together.

I can't find a web link to it but there are several nice varieties in the store. I just thought I would post for anyone else searching for a solution.

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