Junction Box Question


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Old 03-16-15, 03:36 PM
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Junction Box Question

I removed track lighting in the bathroom and noticed they just pulled the line through the ceiling without a junction box and screwed track directly to the drywall. When replacing the track lighting with the same style different color, do I need to add an old work box or reconnect as it was before? It just didn't seem right to me. So I am wondering if this was someone cutting corners or is this ok? Thank you for your assistance!

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Linear Track Kit with 3 R20 Step Cylinder Fixtures in White Finish Hampton Bay
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Hampton Bay Linear Track Kit with 3 R20 Step Cylinder Fixtures in White Finish-EC400WH - The Home Depot
 
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Old 03-16-15, 03:38 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

That is correct... you can run the NM cable directly into the starter end.... a box is not required.

It looks like they changed their starter end. It used to be small and sleek. Matched the track well. Now it's gotten a larger profile.
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I would look around for the Halo starter end. Fits the same track and looks better.
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Thank you and thanks for the heads up. I will check out that type of track. I agree it looks much nicer! It looks like the larger profile of what I took out allows for the power head to be put anywhere on the track.

This video shows someone installing the one with the larger box.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kR7bbgK2iw
 
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Old 03-16-15, 10:10 PM
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The NM cable connects directly to the starter ends I showed you.

The connection in that video, and in the picture below, allows you to feed the track from anywhere along its length. You'd use that connection if you had a box in the center of the ceiling and you wanted to feed the track from there. That midspan type connection system requires an electrical box in the ceiling.

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Old 03-17-15, 11:22 AM
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Awesome! Thank you so much for your help. It looks like someone cut a corner then, now I just need to figure out if I want to move the line or cut a hole in the ceiling for the junction box.


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