installing dimmable track lighting without house wiring
One of the items I want is rail lighting so I can flexibly point the task lighting to where I want it and add or subtract the lighting as I need it.
My home office
Install the lighting on the wall where I want my rail lights, if I want to sell the house, it will be expensive and too permanent to install them, so I decided to create it myself.
Another benefit is the ability to place the dimmer switch in the position I want instead of having to go to the door every time I want to adjust the lighting level.
Here is a description of how I make my own socket
Electric customized dimmable track lighting.
I painted all black.
Wires, dimmers and convenient boxes that match the rails and fixtures.
The convenient box is the basic practical unpainted steel (
Hey, 87 cents. what do you want? )
So I painted it black.
Because there is a factory oil coating in the box, you need to wipe it with mineral alcohol and then dry it before painting, otherwise your paint will not attach properly.
I also have to get rid of a small UPC sticker.
Note: OK, the first is a mandatory warning.
If you don\'t know what you\'re doing with a wire, you may get hurt or die.
Don\'t try this project if you\'re not sure about the basic wires! Still here? Good! 1.
Decide where you want to install the completed dimmer switch box and wire the extension to the right length-
From the nearby outlet to the plug part of the dimmer box position, the dimmer box to the other part of the track installation position.
In my case, I started with the 15\' line.
The distance from the box I want to install to the nearest socket is about 3 feet.
Then this will leave me about 12 feet of the wires from the dimmer to the light rail.
I added a few feet to cut the wire at 5 feet at the plug end and 10 feet at the light rail end.
If I want to do this later, 10 feet will allow enough space for moving the box.
You may need different dimensions to meet your needs. 2.
Cut off the socket end of the extension cord and discard it. (
I left a few inches of wire so I could re-
Use the socket on another project if I want. )3.
In the no-plug-in section of the cut extension cord, use the wire nut to connect the wire to the corresponding wire on the rail power connector-
Green to green, white to white, black to black. 4.
Carefully follow the instructions that come with the connector to connect the rail power connector to the track.
Please note that the track will be marked so that the power connectors and lights will enter correctly to maintain the correct power and ground direction.
Note: one side of my track has an indentation that extends along its length.
There is a ground wire on that side, so it is important to plug in the power connectors and lights so that when you lock them in place they can be connected to ground. 5.
Connect the lid on the power connector, be careful not to clamp the wire and pass the opening in the lid through with the wire.
Plastic cover (like mine)
It may be easy to break, so in order to avoid excessive stress on the lid, it may take a little maneuver to put the wires in the right position.
Note: If you have some smaller wire nuts than those provided in the kit, this may make it easier for you.
I just twisted it to work with a little wire. 1.
Insert the cutting extension cable end by screw
Pull out 6-in the connector on the electric box-
12 inch so you can work with them easily. 2.
Place a simple ring in a wire about 4 inch from the end-
Later, this will help prevent the wires from being pulled out and put pressure on the electrical connection.
This step is not necessary if you use the cliptype connector. 3.
Peel off the back of the outer sheath on all exposed wire ends 4 \".
All exposed wires are insulated back to 1/2 \"5 with wires.
Use the wire nut to splice the black wire from the plug wire into a black dimmer wire. (
It doesn\'t matter which black dimmer line you use. )6.
Use the wire nut to connect the remaining dimmer wires to the black wires that enter the rail light. 7.
Use the wire nut to splice 3 green lines together 8.
Use the wire nut to splice 2 white wires together 9.
If you want to fix the dimmer, now is the time to install the electric box at the required position of 10.
Pull back the wires until they stop at the Loop 11 mentioned earlier.
Use the two screws that come with the dimmer to install the dimmer into the electric box. 11.
Use the 2 screws attached to the board to secure the cover plate on the dimmer. 1.
Prepare the lamp by inserting the correct type and rated bulb in each bulb.
My mine uses R20 floods of up to 50 watts.
I used a 45-watt bulb. 2.
Follow the instructions attached to the track to connect the light to the track-
Basically, insert carefully according to the instructions in the track document and rotate 1/4 turns clockwise. 3.
Check carefully to make sure you don\'t forget the wires or covers. 4.
Plug in the power outlet and test. 5.
Carefully adjust the position of each lamp on the track-
Once the lights are locked in place, don\'t try to slide the lights on the track!
Screw them off, move, and screw back to the position! Mine are more-or-
The interval is not very uniform, but this is just my obsessive-compulsive disorder at work.
You can put them in the best place for you.
I used the same method to place track lights on the opposite wall of my office and I was very happy with the results.
I hope you find this instructions useful! 8/17/2014 -An update -
After 3 years, everything is still normal, even though I have added lights so that there are now 5 in each track, some pointing to the ceiling of indirect light, and some pointing to specific areas of the task lighting.