Replacing a Ceiling Track Light
Saelon in Oregon asks: I installed all new track light, and my no-touch power tester lights up almost anywhere on the ceiling within 12 inches of the track. Is this normal?
Electrical Question: I installed all new track but it was difficult because the junction box orientation and screw placement did not match up with the orientation and screws of the track unit.
I?m replacing ancient track lighting. I installed all new track but it was difficult because the junction box orientation and screw placement did not match up with the orientation and screws of the track unit. I finally got it together but am slightly alarmed that my no-touch power tester lights up almost anywhere on the ceiling – within 12 inches of the track. Is this normal for the current to be picked up that far away or does it indicate that my jury-rigged connection has a problem?
This electrical wiring question came from Saelon, a Homeowner in Eugene, Oregon.
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Problem with a Ceiling Track Light
Application: Replacing Track Lighting.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Ceiling Light, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Ceiling Light should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Eugene, Oregon. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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Reviewing the Electrical Question:
- I am replacing ancient track lighting. I installed all new track but it was difficult because the junction box orientation and screw placement did not match up with the orientation and screws of the track unit.
- Saelon, from the information you have provided, the tester may be giving an indication that there is a shorted wire, possibly due to a mounting screw penetrating the insulation of a fixture wire. Therefore, the mounting brackets and wiring connections should be carefully checked.
- NOTE: Keep in mind that all electrical wiring projects should never be jury-rigged, and when using the correct materials there should not be a problem. You may need a different mounting bracket or track light adapter.
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