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Helpful Tips about Track Lighting

Track lighting is wonderfully flexible and adaptable. It allows you to configure your lighting to meet your unique, individual needs.

Track Lighting Tips

Track lighting is wonderfully flexible and adaptable. It allows you to configure your lighting to meet your unique, individual needs. Track lighting is ideal for highlighting artwork or architectural details, and it can also provide ambient, general or task illumination for your room.

Step 1: Choose a model of Track
The track itself is the foundation of any track lighting system.
Several manufacturers offer track lighting systems and It is important to keep in mind that not all track lights fixtures fit all track types.
There are three major track manufacturers and a quite a few other systems on the market. The three major manufacturers of track lighting  are Halo, Juno and Lightolier. We carry track lighting by W.A.C.. They manufacture three types of fixtures that each are compatible with one of the three major systems. 
When you order, please choose the type that fits your system, or when ordering an entire system stay with one type.
Each product code refers by the first letter to one company’s name. ( WAC-H... fits Halo, WAC-L... fits Lightolier,and WAC-J... fits Juno track lighting systems)
There are other track systems on the market that are not compatible with the above standards.

Step 2: Design and Power
Tthere are a range of track lengths and connectors at available to help you create the ideal layout of your track lighting system.
They connect easily without the use of more tools than a screwdriver.

There are two main methods of powering your track: directly in hard-wired into the ceiling, usually through a junction box or with a power cord from the track to a standard electrical outlet.
The first solution is by far the most common one, but there are situations, especially in remodels, where a junction box is not available. For those problem cases a power cord with a plug will do the job of powering the track. You will still need a Live End Connector to power your track with a plug and cord set. This solution may not look as clean as a junction box connection, but you can do it yourself fairly easily.

If you are planning ahead and planning track lighting for new construction the track can be wired directly to the ceiling without any ceiling plates showing. A live end connector or a Straight I Power connector that both have the same shape as a section of track will bring power to the track in the most unobtrusive manner.
In places where a junction box is already available, a "Floating Canopy" will cover the junction box while bringing power to the track. This can bring power to anywhere along the track excluding the ends.

Step 3: Choose Your Track Fixtures
After you have decided between the type of track you want to use,  L, H, or J and have designed your track layout, you will now need track fixtures that fit your track.
Track fixtures come in two main types: low voltage and line voltage. Line voltage is the 120V that you will find in standard outlets and junction boxes in the US.
Low Voltage Fixtures consume less electricity and provide a whiter light than Line Voltage Fixtures. They use 12 volt power and therefore require a transformer to convert the 120V to 12V. This transformer is rectangular, about 4" long and serves as both the base of the fixture and the connection to the track. It comes as an integral part of any W.A.C. Lighting Low Voltage Track Fixture . Since the conversion from 120V to 12V happens on the fixture itself, the track remains at the line voltage, meaning you can use both Low Voltage and Line Voltage fixtures on the same track.
You can have a large number of fixtures on a track; this number is dictated by the total wattage of the fixtures you plan to use and the length of the run.

Step 4: Choose Your Bulbs
Bulbs vary in the diameter and brightness of the light that they put out. 
Most Low Voltage Fixtures use MR 16 and MR 11 bulbs. You need to determine the wattage and beam spread that will work best for your application.  Large beam angles (25 degrees and up) are floods. Smaller beam angles (under 25 degrees) are spots. You can combine floods and spots to light both specific objects and get more ambient light from the same track.

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