No idea how to choose track lighting for your home? These are versatile lighting solutions used for powering floodlights, pendants, spotlights, and other fixtures with the correct adapter and voltage. They have camouflaged conductors, and are used on ceilings and walls in settings that require adaptability and performance. It is great when you wish to focus light at art and objects, along with task lighting multiple areas in a bigger room at once.

Benefits of track lighting systems

  • These systems can be altered as per requirements, so if you wish to modify the position of furnishings and accessories, the flexibility of adjusting your lighting accordingly is much more. Track systems can be devised with a wide variety of lights that include track heads, sports, pendants, and other styles that can be incorporated or removed.
  • Excellent scalability ensures one circuit is able to support up to 1920 watts or about 240 fixtures with 8-watt LED lamps, which are each equivalent to 60-watt incandescent lamps. If you use a two-circuit track system, it will be able to support up to 4000 watts.
  • You can experiment with numerous designs and patterns for lighting layouts such as squares, rectangles, grid formats, etc.
  • Mounting track lighting is a cinch! The systems can be suspended by rods or cables, and mounted onto drop ceilings, also referred to as T-bar or grid ceilings.

Buying guide to track lighting

Track Type

The track selection is the very first step of the lighting system. The prevalent type of track lighting system is the voltage track to which the lights are affixed. It is normally made as a straight line. The shapes of the track can be different; it depends on the track system standard – Juno, Halo or Lightolier. The track holds the light fixtures and is attached to the wall or ceiling. Fixtures aren’t interchangeable – there are different track standards and ones that work with one standard can’t be used to fit the other. But you can replace lights within the same standard.

A common choice is the monorail system, which is in great demand these days as it offers a wide array of styles and designs. It grants you the freedom to create the form of track as per requirements, such as following the curves of an object that has to be illuminated. There are a couple of sub-divisions here – flexrails, which are track systems that can be flexed according to specifications and suspended monorail that indicates systems hanging down from the ceiling with the aid of multiple connectors.

Two-circuit monorail track light is also quite popular, as it helps you to turn on various lights using two switches. It is useful when you need to occasionally highlight some objects with spotlights for a short period, while all the other time the dispersed ambient light is enough.

Layout and Components

Here you can opt for standard straight track or flexible track in single-circuit or two-circuit configurations. If you select carefully, you can create any layout with the right track connectors and lengths. Systems can be installed directly to, or suspended from, the ceiling, depending upon the type of track. Always take into account how the power is being provided to a track system. If the power is provided in the middle of a run, use a canopy with power feed, while power at the end of a run requires an end connector with a power feed.

Fixtures

track head

Before you go ahead and buy attractive light fixtures for a track system, you need to find out if they are compatible or else your effort and money goes down the drain. Opt for fixtures that utilize the same track standard as the system itself. At times manufacturers provide adapters so that their fixtures can be used with several of their systems.

The focal point is also a vital aspect to consider. Are you illuminating a picture or piece of artwork? Highlighting a specific object is best achieved with a precision spot light, while general illumination works better with a flood light or pendant. Don’t forget about the voltage of the fixture or else the system won’t work. If a low voltage track head or pendant is to be used on a line voltage track, an inline transformer is needed. It converts the line voltage feed to the correct low voltage signal required by a low voltage fixture.

Track fixtures are perfect for showing off your creative side – they can be altered for numerous applications by using accessories. For instance, you can buy special lenses to change the shape of light or color, while directing and focusing the light can be done via a framing projector or barn door accessory. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and choose track lighting for your home right away!

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