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New fixture base too small

Post by tmcdanel » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:05 pm

I replaced an old wide base ceiling light with a new track lighting fixture. The new fixture is smaller and you can see unpainted ceiling and even the box behind it. I know there must be some kind of flat white metal plate that can cover the unsightly ceiling but i don’t know what you call it, so i can’t search for it on google or Amazon.

What do you call this flat covering?

How do i fix this?
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Re: New fixture base too small

Post by Aaron » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:01 pm

That square track shroud should have enough surface area to conceal a standard 3.5" diameter octagon fixture box. Did you center the track so it's in the middle of the box?

If you've got something other than what I'm describing, please post a pic here with the shroud removed so I can see what kind of situation you're dealing with.

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Re: New fixture base too small

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Re: New fixture base too small

Post by Aaron » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:30 pm

Otherwise if you don't want to deal with centering it or putting joint compound in the gaps between the box and the ceiling, you can use a cover. These fixture medallions exist, but those are usually for chandeliers and pendant lights. They add a very nice decoration on the ceiling that can hide fixture box imperfections, and they're paintable:

https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_ ... J60B2Z05FA

Since you'd have a track in the way, you could certainly improvise and make something yourself out of a small sheet of vinyl or something. You could cut a square shape to border the track shroud. Slip it in between so the shroud holds it in place against the ceiling, and covers the round gaps. Then paint the ceiling and that piece of vinyl and it will blend right in.

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Re: New fixture base too small

Post by emtnut » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:25 am

Google "Outlet Box Cover for H track"

You may also have to adjust the track a bit. From the looks of the pic, the end piece is not centered on the box ?? Or, it's not a proper end piece ?
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