Are you tired of looking at the ugly and outdated fluorescent light box in your kitchen, but you simply don’t have the money to upgrade to sleek, recessed lighting? Are there walls in your home that you would like to accent with spotlights so that you can highlight the incredible artwork you’ve hung? Or would you like the option to direct and change where the light falls in certain rooms, creating a dramatic effect one day and executing an overall wash of illumination the next? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may find that track lighting suits your needs to a tee. And you might be surprised to learn that it’s relatively easy to install. So if you’re looking for an affordable way to upgrade to a practical and attractive lighting solution, here are some installation tips for the DIYers.
The easiest way to install track lighting is to use an existing fixture, especially if you’re planning a DIY project. While you could install new wiring, this will almost certainly require the assistance of a qualified electrician who is up-to-date on current building codes. And of course, you want any new wiring in the walls to be safe, so hiring a professional is the best course of action. The point is, you’ll have a much easier go of it if you simply use existing wiring when installing track lighting. Just make sure to turn off the appropriate breakers so as to avoid possible electrocution during the installation process.
From there you’ll want to select the type of track lighting that works best for your space. There are rigid and flexible tracks to consider, they come in a variety of lengths, there are several different shapes and sizes of cans attached (i.e. the bulb receptacles), and some even have the option to add more lights after the fact if the number included in your kit is not adequate. Track lighting also comes in a wide range of prices, so you should be able to find the product that is just right for your home and your budget. On a side note, you should probably measure the dimensions of the ceiling area where you plan to place your lighting to make sure the sizing is appropriate before you buy anything.
Now that you’ve got your light kit and you’ve take proper safety precautions, it’s time to remove your old light and install the new one. Most fixtures have some kind of exposed screws, making it simple to remove them. But you’ll need a stable ladder and you should probably ask someone to help you in order to avoid injury. It’s not a bad idea to wear protective gear like goggles, as well. When you pull off the old light, you’ll find that it’s attached to electrical wires. Don’t lose the caps covering the wires – you’re going to reuse them. Just in case there are no caps, though, you might want to purchase a couple of twist-on wire connectors at your local hardware store. This cheap safety feature will help to ensure that your wires remain connected and don’t accidentally touch other wires.
Now all you have to do is connect the wiring from your track lighting to the wiring in your ceiling (just match up the colored wires), cap off the ends of the wires, and mount the track to the ceiling with the hardware provided. You may also want to paint any areas of the ceiling that are newly exposed if your track doesn’t cover the same area as the previous light fixture. As you can see, it’s pretty easy to install track lighting. That said, if you’re concerned about your ability to undertake such a task on your own, practice safety first and call the pros at Jackson electrical contractors or a reputable service provider in your area. Better safe than sorry is always the best motto when dealing with electrical systems.