Track System Parts
- Track Heads – supplies the light and mounts near the track
- Pendants – supplies the light; similar to a pendant, but mounts on a track rather than to a ceiling canopy
- Rail or track – how the light source connects to the power source
- Transformer – supplies power to the track system; most track lights can be converted into a plug-in ready system.
- Track Kits – these are when manufacturers put together all the necessary parts. This is the easiest track system set up
Line vs Low Voltage
- Low voltage can still emit the same brightness of a 120V fixture.
- Typically low voltage track bulbs are twice as bright as a regular incandescent bulb at the same wattage.
- Low voltage track fixtures can be placed on line voltage track by using a track connector with a transformer.
- Note for Low Voltage systems – a transformer with a wattage rating equal to or greater than the total watts used on the system is required. Example: Five 50-watt pendants in a system will require no less than a 250-watt transformer.
Track System Overview
Use this to help choose which system you need. Still not sure, below we fully explain all systems.
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Monorail, 2-Circuit Monorail, Kable Lite
Which System is Right for Me?
Basic Track Kit
- Most user friendly
- Installed directly to ceiling with screws
- May be dropped using suspensions
- Slide fixture onto track and add end caps
- Uses power feed—i.e. a floating canopy connector or live end connector
- Suspended by standoffs every 30 to 36 inches
- Ceiling-mounted power feed canopy is one standoff
- Height must be uniform for system
- Adjustable and rigid standoffs allow up to 8 feet of custom track height adjustment
- Power extenders are used with longer ceiling drips to extend power to system
- Hand-bendable to make the style and shape you want
- 90 degree flexible connectors
- End caps supplied with rail for a finished look
- Two tracks in one system
- Can separate fixtures onto separate switches
- Example: track system with pendants and spot lights can be assigned to separate circuits to switch on light fixture of your choice
- Look and design of monorail
- Uses larger 120 fixtures
- Hand-bendable line voltage system
- Requires power feed standoff
- Low voltage fixtures may be installed to the system using a transformer track adaptor
- Cannot be mounted flush to the ceiling
- Look like floating lights
- Unique system featuring parallel low-voltage cables designed to disappear
- Cables are tightened between 2 rigid surfaces using anchors and turnbuckles
- Can a span a distance up to 20 feet without additional support
- Create turns and change directions at any angle
- Suspend the fixture wall-to-wall or on any ceiling
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Track Systems Power
- Power feeds should be installed near the installation site and typically cover up the junction box
- Flexible cable power feeds supply power to the junction box that may be further away
- Most track systems may be converted into a plug in outlet
- Power feed with built-in transformer or surface transformer mount directly to the ceiling and are typically apart of a canopy
- Remote transformer has the power feed away from the installation source. Typically, these systems are suspended or the junction box is not near the installation site.
Designing Track System Layouts
- Draw a layout of your desired track layout for the room it will be installed.
- Choose the system based upon the application you decide.
- Choose your lights and location on the system.
- Determine the total feet of track in the system and add up the wattage.
- Choose between track heads and pendants or a combination of them both.
- Note: Remember that each manufacturer is different. We have a great customer service center for LightingDirect.com by calling (800)375-3410. We highly recommend that you consult an electrician when installing track lighting.
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions About Track Lighting
1. Limit to number of lights on a track system?
- 1 light per 1 foot of track
- Line voltage limit to 1900 watts
- Low voltage needs a transformer and no more than 300 watts
- Multiple low-voltage systems installed together with separate power supplies
- Dual feed transformer can increase wattage to 600 from a single power source
2. Can you mix and match different manufacturer's systems?
- Manufacturers make their systems to match with only their own lighting parts