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Installing Track Light Wiring

How to Install Electrical Wiring for a Track Light and Switch

 

Wiring Requirements for Track Lights
Track Light: We are going to install a 6-light track lighting with LED accents – it uses GU10 50 watt shielded bulbs. The track lighting will be replacing a ceiling fan/light fixture.
The track light box indicates a min 90?C supply conductors.
What does this mean? The fan/light was installed by an electrician several years ago.
Also, when the switch is replaced, can a dimmer switch be used?
Thank you very much for your input. Marty

This electrical question came from: Marty, a Homeowner from Grass Valley, CA
Additional Comments: Awesome!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Marty.

How to Install Electrical Wiring for a Track Light and Switch

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2 Responses to “Installing Track Light Wiring”
  1. Jerry says:

    A track lighting fixture at my store burned at the point where the track connects to the electrical junction to the point of sparking and smoking. Had I not been present to witness this a fire could have ensued. I checked the connector end and found no loose connections. What is/are the likely cause(s) and could I attempt the repair myself or should I consult a certified electrician?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Jerry
      There could be a few different factors that could create a bad connection which can be accelerated by a high watt load on the tack as well. It’s always best to have a professional take a look at the wiring and make any necessary repairs for you to avoid further problems.
      Dave

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