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Track Lighting - Installation Tips

Mar 15, 2008
Track lighting adds to the mood and lighting effect of a room. Installation is easy and can be a do-it-yourself project. There are a few different types of track lighting which vary depending on installation, length and cost. Tracks come in different lengths and they don't have to be straight; you can purchase strips that have t-junctions for right angels. Here is an overview of the different types of track lights and how to install them.

First you must decide where you want them. The easiest location for installation purposes is a place that already has a ceiling light since there is already a power supply and junction box. If you don't want to replace your existing ceiling light or you want your track lighting in an area without a power supply then you can purchase a self contained kit. This type of lighting unit is not as aesthetically appealing since it has an electrical cord running from it that must be plugged into the wall.

Installing a track lighting unit through a junction box is a bit trickier but still doesn't require a call to the electrician. You'll need some basic materials including screw drivers, electrical tape, needle nose pliers, wire strippers and wire nuts (sometimes included with a kit).

Determine the exact location of your new track lighting and where you want the light to shine. Measure the unit and mark the ceiling where the front and back of the unit should be screwed in. If you don't, your track can easily end up crooked. Now determine where the mounting holes will be and mark them.

As with any electrical project make sure the power is off at the breaker box. Then remove the existing fixture and disconnect the wires. Strip about inch of installation from the wires. Matching the wires, secure the live wires to the track lighting's wires with wire nuts. Use the electrical tape to insulate any exposed wiring. Make sure the bare house ground wire is attached to the grounding screw.

Drill pilot holes where you previously made marks for the mounting holes. Place the wires in the junction box and attach the plate (if there is one). Mount the track using the hardware included with the kit. You will need a helper if the track is too large or heavy. Once the main track is hooked up it's easy to install more tracks to give you a longer strip.

Insert your light fixtures into the tracks and cover the ends with the equipment provided in the kit. Turn the power back on and if you did it correctly your track light should be lighting up the room. If not, then turn off the power and double check your work.
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Vince Paxton continually makes short articles on information relating to kitchen cafe curtains and kitchen window curtains. On his site one can have a look at his contributions on kitchen window curtains and kitchen curtains.
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