Looking for the best track lighting System for your project? You can go beyond the premade ceiling or wall track lights with a configurable solution, so here’s our track component buying guide for you with a simplified process to help you choose and build your own design.
A track lighting system is a sleek modern method of connectivity between a light source and the power that runs it. A track lighting solution adapts pendants and light heads to quickly mount to linear lengths of track that can be fixed to surfaces or suspended from ceilings.
You could buy a premade solution but that are always more universal in appeal. A component assembly opens up a truly bespoke solution tailor made to your home:
You might be unaware of the two different types of track lighting—low voltage or line voltage.
The advantage of line voltage (UK 240V mains power) is the power runs directly through the system with no requirements for a transformer, so round box at the end of the run or a remote transformer to hide.
Low voltage systems reduce the line voltage to an extra low voltage of 12V through a transformer.
Low voltage systems still are made but are not as necessary as they once used to be. Before LED as we know it now as a source of light, low voltage lighting created more light than it’s line voltage (mains) counterpart.
That is no longer the case with modern LED lighting. We recommend line voltage (UK mains voltage) systems over low voltage.
Usually white or black as standard colors. America describes their 120V track as H track. Track can be multi circuit, up to 3 circuits potentially controlled individually so not all the fixtures connected have to turn on at the same time. It can be bought in various length sizes and extended by joining together with connectors.
Perpendicular shapes can be created using ‘T’, ‘X’ or ‘L’ shaped connections. Straight run joins require a male to male connector that slots into each end of the adjoining run.
There is a wide variety of choices to clip into a track:
A powerful 1650 lumens from a 33W dedicated LED head with a reduced glare deep set design. UK only.
The LED light source is integrated into the fixture itself and able to produce a large amount of light, depending on the specification. The head easily clips in and out of the track whenever you want it to.
A GU10 mains voltage lamp based head with a reduced glare deep set design. UK only.
Line in or low voltage lamps or ‘bulbs’ fit into your chosen style of spotlight head. This allows for flexibility in color, beam width and lumen level choices.
Speciality heads that group a series of LEDs to broadly wash light across and down a wall.
Transform your system into a decorative feature light by dropping a pendant over a table.
Pendant adaptors clip in and power a dropped cable, allowing for choices of shade or pendant design to be suspended at your desired position and length.
Low voltage systems require the voltage to be lowered through a transformer housed in a box or enclosure. This can be chosen to be remotely positioned out of sight or with most kits attached to the end of the track.
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