Recessed/or Track Lighting

Old 11-27-03, 12:04 AM
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This is my first time posting in the forum. I need some help since I am a beginner. I want to install a recessed light or may be a track lighting.

This is what I know so far:

Ceiling space is about 12 inches high. I don't believe there is any insulation. The studs/joists are metal. There are no existing fixtures in both bedrooms. There are 3 15amps circuit breaker to the bedrooms. So my total watts would be 1800, 1800, 1800.
There is one switch for each of the bedroom to power an outlet.

Let's say I want to install a recessed lighting. Can I tab into one of the switched outlet to get the power for the lights and run the wire serially? I will be using 6 50 watts max. for each bulbs. I prefer to use a low voltage canister. Will this be ok that I don't overload the circuit?

If I go for track light option. I would need to also tab into one of the switched outlet as well. But it will be a bit complex since the ceiling has a metal stud and no existing fixture. I know I need to make an electrical junction box but how do I secure it so that I can hold the weight of the track light transformer?

I live in a condo...kinda empty pocket right now so I cannot afford an electrician.

Thank you very kindly if anyone willing to give some pointers.
Old 11-27-03, 08:54 AM
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Yes, you can tap into a switched receptacle to wire ceiling fixtures switched by the same switch. And yes, you can wire them serially (what we normally call "daisy-chained"). An extra 300 watts of lighting on a bedroom circuit is unlikely to overload it, but you should add up what it already on the circuit to be sure.

I've never seen a metal joist in my life, so I can't really help you with that. Many home wiring books give a lot of hints for fishing wire behind finished walls and ceilings. Or you could consider a surface wiring method such as Wiremold.

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