It's easy to find yourself confused or even a bit overwhelmed by all of the options if you're shopping for track lighting. However a properly created track system has function and flexibility that serves lots of parts of the home very well, like cooking area islands, art lighting, corridor lighting and others. We'll break down the process to help you get your system set up in 3 easy steps.
3 Steps To Designing A Track Lighting Installation
1. Select a Track Standard
The structure of any recessed track light system is the track itself. The track is the part that connects to the ceiling or wall and it's what the lights are attached to. It's essential to bear in mind that not all track lights (fixtures) fit all track types. There are 3 standard systems-- and a bunch of proprietary ones. The 3 requirements were developed by the early producers of mounted lights and we carry fixtures that are compatible with all three systems.
Remember once you buy a proprietary system, you are limited to track lighting fixtures made by the same company. To prevent problems, we advise you pick one of the standards-- H, J, or L-- and stick with it.
2. Figure Out Layout + Power
After you've decided where you wish to install track lighting, there are a series of track lengths and connectors to let you create the perfect layout (more on connectors listed below). As soon as you have the parts, you'll discover that they link easily, sort of like an erector set. After you have chosen in between, J, h, or l and have developed your track layout, you will need to make sure that you purchase track components that fit your track.
Low Voltage vs. Line Voltage
Track components are available in 2 primary types: low voltage and line voltage. Line voltage is the raw voltage that you will discover in basic outlets and junction boxes-- 120 volts in the US. Low voltage components, which consume less electrical power and supply a whiter light than line voltage fixtures, use 12 volt power and therefore require a transformer to convert the raw 120V to the wanted 12V.
Your led surfaced mounted lights will, obviously, need power. There are two main techniques to do this: a power supply connected to a junction box or a power cord from the track to a basic electric outlet.
This transformer is a rectangular block about 4 ″ long that functions as both the base of the connection and the component to the track, and comes as an integral part of any low voltage track fixture we sell. Considering that the conversion from 120V to 12V happens on the component itself, the track stays at the line voltage, meaning you might theoretically have both low voltage and line voltage components on the exact same track, though few people choose to do this. You can have a large number of components on a track; this number is dictated by the overall wattage of the components you prepare to use.
Utilizing either a drifting canopy adapter or a live end adapter will produce the ended up, "designer" look seen in professionally-designed interiors. Nevertheless, if you do not have an existing junction box in your ceiling, you will need the services of an electrical expert to place one for you. If you want an easier method, you can likewise use a plug and cable set (for L-series for H- and J-series) to connect a live end port to a plug on a wall. Ensure that you utilize the best plug set and remember that you will still require a live end port. The corded option might not look as tidy as a junction box connection, but you will not need an electrical contractor to install it.
In order to link the track to the junction box with a port, you can either use a floating canopy port (if you require power anywhere along the length of the track, leaving out completions) or a live end connector (if you need power at an end of the track). You may require to utilize a canopy plate to entirely cover the junction box below the live end adapter.
3. Select Your Lamps
Lamps (bulbs) differ in the diameter and brightness of the light that they produce. A few typical ones you'll find are:
Area lights, which create a concentrated bright light for brightening particular things or locations such as a photo, piece of art or work area. These use a little (under 25) beam angle. You'll discover a description of the beam angle produced by each bulb when you go shopping RONSE.
- Floods, which use a large beam angle (25 and up).
- Low voltage fixtures, which utilize usage halogen or LED MR 16 and MR 11 lamps.
- Line voltage components, which utilize a range of lamping, depending upon the fixture recommendation.
- Integrating areas and floods enables you to specific both light objects and basic locations from the exact same track.
That's all you require to put together an expert mounted lights set-up. There are numerous manner ins which you can now modify or accessorize your track lighting, with things like:
Track Suspension Kits-- These sets permit you to hang the track from the ceiling. This looks excellent in exposed high ceiling environments like lofts or imaginative spaces.
Connectors-- You can link tracks together into straight lines, ninety-degree turns or any angle for that matter. You can create closed loops and boxes without short circuits by utilizing dead adapters.
Special Lenses-- You can utilize special lenses to change the shape of the light (honeycomb louver, spread lens, beam lengthening lens) or the color (color lenses, color dichroic lenses).
Feel free to ask us any concerns. You can find general track lighting installation instructions on the Internet at websites such as this one; nevertheless, we can not be accountable for the accuracy of their content. We constantly suggest you seek advice from a certified electrical contractor if in doubt.