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Parzival06 Nov 2012 3:48 p.m. PST

We have a lighting track installed in our kitchen and want to replace the current halogen pendant lights with two conventional 150 watt bulb pendants. What I'd like to do is simply use the track heads, removing the halogen pendant parts and wire the conventional pendants in their place.

The head's sticker says to use "only Type T3 Lamp 50W Max 12V." and says the track must be 120V 60Hz 20A Max (which is what it is— they were parts of a set.) We currently have three Halogen pendants plugged into this track.

Am I risking overheating or fire rewiring the conventional socket lamp (150W bulb maximum) into the head and using it with the track? Or do I just need to pull the track altogether and wire the pendant in by itself? I can do the latter, but it's a pain, and I'd much rather be able to use the track as it's there anyway…

Cold Steel Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 4:03 p.m. PST

From the sticker, it sounds like the track has a built in ballast that converts 110 v power to 12 volt. Don't replace the lights, they won't work anyway. Replace the whole assembly.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Nov 2012 4:11 p.m. PST

Or find lights that fit in the track using different blubs

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2012 6:17 p.m. PST

If you have to ask, hire an electrician.

Parzival06 Nov 2012 7:29 p.m. PST

Thanks, all. I figured as much. I'll pull the track and install a single pendant light by itself. Dangnabbit— I *hate* installing ceiling lighting. It's not difficult to understand, it's just a pain in the neck (literally) to physically do. I should have known there was no easy way to escape it. frown

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2012 12:37 a.m. PST

You won't risk fire or overheating. Quite the reverse you just won't get any light to speak off. It's the same as trying to use a house bulb directly from a car battery. Very dim.


richarDISNEY Inactive Member07 Nov 2012 8:21 a.m. PST

Parizival, If I was closer, I'd help.
I'm great at electrical.
Re-did my entire kitchen, all the bathrooms, the game room…
Heck. I can do panels if you like.

Cold Steel is right.
Replace the whole thing.

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