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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Track Lighting Power Feed Question

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Jan 31st, 2018 11:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Quick question for the electrically inclined here: what type of power cord do I need to go from an in-wall supply over a 15-16' run to a live end feed on a Lithonia track light?

We bought a mid-century modern house that we're remodeling. It has a wood slat ceiling supported by thick beams. It's a beautiful ceiling however there's nothing above it but roof, so wiring is a challenge. We want to install a new track light but the nearest power is a good distance away. Although I did buy a power feed that has a plug, I'm concerned that the cord it came with isn't safe to snug up against the ceiling/top of the wall. Thinking 14 gauge at a minimum, something grounded, that can handle the load and then some. Want black so that it blends in against the beams. Total load expected to be no more than 150-200W tops.

Thanks for your insight.

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Jan 31st, 2018 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Go LED to reduce the load significantly. Otherwise, I can't help. Sorry. 14 guage would probably be plenty with LED IMO.

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USA / Virginia

Jan 31st, 2018 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

If it’s 200 watts at 120 volts then the amps will be less than 2 amps. 14 gauge wire can easily handle that.

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Jan 31st, 2018 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks. Looks like Romex in that thickness comes in white, so I may have to put black raceway over it unless I can successfully paint the cover black.

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Alexandria, Virginia

Jan 31st, 2018 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ SJ cord is black.

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Jan 31st, 2018 08:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another option is to buy some matching wood and mill it into a raceway on the table saw. Stain and finish it to match the existing wood

I used to live in a lodge that was originally built in 1890; it had cypress clapboard walls and a cypress slat ceiling, all milled on site. I popped the slats off the ceiling and milled the rear of them for the cable runs for modern lighting, and re-installed them.

Teddy Roosevelt hunted ducks there in 1897 when he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the McKinley administration.

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