"Anybody know about lighting/electrical wiring (US)?" Topic
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| Parzival ||06 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 ||06 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.
| Saber6 ||06 Nov 2012 4:11 p.m. PST|
Or find lights that fit in the track using different blubs
| John the OFM ||06 Nov 2012 6:17 p.m. PST|
If you have to ask, hire an electrician.
| Parzival ||06 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.
| x42brown ||07 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 ||07 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.