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skbohler

08:00AM | 04/29/11
Member Since: 03/01/05
28 lifetime posts
I'm trying to install a light in my kitchen ceiling. The old light was attached to the wires below.

However, I'm installing the track lights where there is an older box a few feet away (which was covered over).

I attached the lights to the wires in the old box, but didn't get power. The power down the room to another set of overhead lights doesn't work either.

Is there something I need to do to the old wires to get electricity down to the other wires is the older box?

Should I connect the white and black wires showing in the photo?
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TimBonham

02:24AM | 07/31/11
Member Since: 01/09/07
199 lifetime posts
Ignore that old box altogether! Just cover the ends of the wires, and shove them back into the old box, and leave it be.

Connect your track lights to the newer box, where there were wires that you know provide power, and that you know are on an appropriate breaker.

Even if this means you may have to run a short piece of track or surface molding from that box to your new track lights. That will be much easier to do than to try to figure out where the other end of those wires in the old box are, and to get power to them. And safer, too -- those wires may also go further to other covered over boxes somewhere else in the house, and you don't know what may be connected in those boxes.

Trying to re-use abandoned wires in a house is almost never worth the trouble & aggravation.


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