Track lighting systems are one of the most energy-efficient, versatile, budget-friendly, highly customizable and easy-to-install lighting solutions and can perfectly power spotlights, pendant lights, floodlights, or any other fixtures using a proper adapter and voltage. The track lights are identified by their concealed conductors and are used on the walls or ceilings in settings that need adjustability and better performance.
When recessed lights cannot be accommodated to a ceiling because of beams, etc. Track lights and LED Track Lighting are ideal for focusing light on an art or object that you want to be noticed, and can also be used as task lighting for bigger space.
For changing the positioning of furnishings or accessories in your house or workspace, track lighting can easily adjust your lighting accordingly which is not possible with fixed lighting.
Line voltage track lighting is an appealing option if you require long runs as they use line voltage (120 volt), so you don’t need to worry about voltage drop. You will find low voltage track lighting systems, but the majority of systems available are line voltage.
So, coming to the main issue, how you can choose and configure the right track lighting?
You will require considering these four things to choose and configure all track lighting systems:
1. Type of Track
Track lighting systems are available in different lengths and types of track including line voltage, low voltage, single circuit, two-circuit, flexible and straight. You have to consider all factors while buying a track system.
The manufacturer, voltage and adapter standard play a major role in determining which fixtures you can use with a system and if a system is apt for a particular installation or not.
Track light systems come with the flexible track or standard straight track in single or two-circuit configurations. You can create almost any layout using creative track connectors and track lengths. You can install track system directly to the ceiling (or suspended from the ceiling) depending on its type.
Another important factor to consider is - how you can provide power to the track system. If you supply power in the middle of a run, you will require a canopy with a power feed and if you supply power at the end of a run, you can use power feed end connector.
3. Lighting Fixtures
You need to consider whether the fixtures are compatible with the track lighting or not when choosing track lighting fixtures. Choose fixtures that have the same standard as the track system. Some manufacturers offer adapters so that buyers can use their fixtures with several of their systems.
Consider the space or object that you want to be illuminated. You can use a spot light for highlighting a piece of art and for more general illumination, you can use flood light or pendant light.
If you are using a low voltage track pendant or head on a line voltage track, you will require transformer. This is a rectangular transformer attached to the track and converts the line voltage (of 120 volt) feed to the apt low voltage (12 volt) signal that a low voltage fixture usually requires.
You can modify most of the track lighting fixtures for many applications just by purchasing the right accessories. There are special lenses available to change the color of the light (such as color dichroic and color lenses) or its shape (such as honeycomb louvers, beam elongating, and spread lenses). Barn door or framing projector accessories are also available to focus and direct the light.
So, next time you buy track lights for adding the charm to your home décor or office’s interior, don’t forget to consider these crucial factors.