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How to Add Track Lighting

Track lighting can add utility to a home short on space. This family's cluttered laundry room is a perfect place to add track lighting. Learn how to install these fixtures in your own home with these easy step-by-step directions.

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snap lights on track and add bulbs
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Remove Old Fixture and Measure

Before beginning any type of electrical work, turn off power at circuit breaker.

Remove old fixture. Make sure that wires don't touch as you remove the fixture.

Position track over position of old fixture. Mark mounting holes through the track onto ceiling surface.

position track over position of old fixture

Step 2: Mount the Track

Use self-tapping screws (Image 1) — which don't require pre-drilled holes.

Attach jumper wires to house wires in ceiling, then attach jumpers to heart of track (Image 2).

Push all wires into ceiling and close up with supplied cover.

Step 3: Add Lights

Snap lights into place on track and add light bulbs.

Turn on breaker and aim lights where desired.