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Track lighting is customisable and provide great flexibility for any interior lighting purpose. It is a great option to have it in residential and commercial projects giving the ability to use as decorative wall wash lighting, ambient or task lighting. It’s also energy efficient since the light is made of LEDs. LED track lighting consists of fixtures called “heads” or “bullets” connected to a “track” which contains electricity to power each track head and cast light far and wide to your living area. If you are new to track lighting, it can be complex since there are many aspects to decide on including track length, single or three phase type, track head quantity and the intensity and much more. Below are some guidelines helping you to select the ideal track lights for your needs and applications.
Types of Track Lighting
Depending on where the location and position, the track light can have an effect on the lighting. For ambient lighting, rotate the track light head different areas of the room. When focusing the track light head towards an object, this creates accent lighting. On the other hand if the track light head beams over a work surface, this provides task lighting. The track lights are commonly installed in the kitchen, living area and office to enhance the mood. Below are two types of track lights available to suit your needs:
Linear Track Lights – For accent or task lighting, linear track lights are ideal for any residential or commercial environment. It comes in, 2, 4 or 8 foot length and gives you the flexibility to extend the size of the fixture when necessary. Components like T-connectors are being used to connect other track lights together creating a layout design for your living space. There are many style too choose from and can position them anywhere on the track.
Flexible Track Lights – This type of lights works just as the same way as Linear Track Lights providing accent or task lighting. It works well in residential or commercial setting. The benefit of a flexible track light it can be curved and cut to a desired size that is suitable for you. A curve track gives it a personalised look allowing flexibility for the track to move closer highlighting a specific area.
Track Light Size
It is important to get the right size for your track lights based on the location and positions of these track lights. If deciding flexible track lights, take into consideration the curve size, sometimes the wrong curve can make the track lights out of place. The first step to determine the length of the track rail you’ll need and the total number of lights the rail can assists. Three and up to six lights these track light system can handle.
Track Light Rail
Two types of tracks are commonly used both in residential and commercial projects:
Single Phase – Used in majority domestic applications. Consists of two wires – active and neutral. Recommended for residential application.
Three Phase – Used in majority commercial and industrial applications. Consists of four wires – three active and neutral. The neutral wire is earthed.
Track Lighting Heads
Once the track rail and the size is decided, next stage is selecting the track light heads to suit your living space. There are 4 types available:
Step Head – Standard design and style track head that work with any décor type and it provide an abundance of light to any of your interior space.
Round Back Head – This design has the back head of the light to be round, giving it a more modern sleeker style, ideally suitable for newly custom built homes or commercial space.
Pinhole Head – If you want an industrial feel to your living or commercial space, opt for this style, as the back head is partially exposed.
Gimbal Head – The ability to swivel 180 degrees allows you the flexibility to shine the light to a specific area you want.
Track Lighting Accessories
To customise your track, these track accessories is necessary for track connections. Track joiners gives you the ability to extend track length while the adaptors gives people the option to hang pendant lights. Below are various types of track accessories to choose from:
Straight Joiner – Ability to connect two linear tracks together extending the tracks to a longer length.
Live End – Provides power to the lighting track. Live wires are feed through this end where the junction box is located.
Centre Feed – Allows two tracks to connect together, with a junction box in between, giving power to be pass through the centre instead one on each end of the track.
L Shaped Joiner – As the name suggest, this joiner allows you to change the direction of the track to an L shape, continuing the track into another room. Ideal for larger spaces.
T-Shaped Joiner – This joiner has the ability to have three tracks joining in place giving you more flexibility in your track design.
Cross Joiner – Lets you connect four tracks joining in one place creating a large track system or a cross zone design in the house.
Track Adaptor – If you want a decorative fitting like a suspended pendant light to hang from the track rail, the track adaptor gives you the possibility to do this. Track adaptor slides onto the track with live ends and can be utilize when necessary.