Track lighting is a super versatile and convenient lighting solution. Track lights can be used to help you achieve your desired layer of light, whether it be ambient, focal or decorative. Track lighting can be easily tailored to illuminate any area, but what’s not always easy is where to start and what to buy. Follow this handy guide for how to buy track lighting.
TRACK TYPE TRACK HEADS & FIXTURES POWER ACCESSORIES
Once you determine the layout for your track, you’ll need to pick the track type and the fixtures. There are a number of track types out there – including line and low voltage, single and two-circuit. The three types of track we offer are categorized as H, J and L.
We offer these three types of track lighting in order to be compatible with most existing systems. If you are starting new, the choice of track makes no difference, but the H series is the lowest profile track, albeit only by a ⅛”.
Be sure that the track head or fixture matches the type of track you select. For example, H track heads and fixtures are only compatible with the H style track. Most of our track heads and fixtures are offered with all three track type adapters.
If you have an existing track and are looking to update the heads or fixtures, reference the picture below to distinguish the differences in track systems:
Another important factor to consider when choosing track is the location of the power feed. The most versatile option is to use a floating canopy power feed, which allows you to power the track anywhere along its length. Other options exist as well, such as a live end connector, which allows you to power the track from the end of the track only.
As far as accessories go, an “I” connector is needed to join together two pieces of track. “L” connectors are available if track needs to go around left and right-hand turns. There is also a flexible connector to allow for turns that are not at right angles.
There are a number of track head options available with all of our track types. You will find various light source options, such as incandescent, low voltage halogen & LED in various sizes, light outputs & price ranges. In some cases, special lenses & accessories can be used with the track heads to change the color or shape of the light in order to achieve the ideal illumination.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at any stage of the process, email us or give us a call, and we’ll walk you through the steps to incorporating track lighting into your space.