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Track Lighting

Track lighting is installed in homes, commercial properties, and apartment buildings. It is a gorgeous way to create a cohesive lighting style in your room. A track is the long beam-shaped object that connects the ceiling with the light fixtures. Track lighting is powered through spotlights, flood lights, or pendant lights. Most often track lights are angled at art or objects. So, if you have wall décor in your living room, you would angle your track spot light there. Also, if you tend to move your furniture around often, you can move the track lights with it to ensure you continue to shine light on your furniture even in the new location. This makes track lighting fixtures very versatile. They also work in living rooms, bedrooms, or kitchens – essentially any room of the home!

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One of the most important components to picking out track lighting is knowing the track type you want. The length of your track is important, so be sure to measure the distance you want it to cover from one part of the ceiling to the other. There are three track types to consider: line or low voltage, single or two circuit, or flexible or straight. Line voltage track lights accept 120 volts of direct track current without a transformer, while low voltage convert 120 volts into 12 or 24 volts using a transformer. The low voltage will provide better dimming capabilities but the line voltage track lights are easy to maintain and often less expensive.

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The single or double circuit track type refers to the number of watts the track supports. A single circuit track will support up to 1,920 watts while a two-circuit track system will support 4,000 watts. The straight or flexible track type means the track beam itself is either straight or flexible. If you want the track lights to form an L in the room, then you should choose flexible.

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When you pick the light fixtures, you need to make sure they fit the track system. You can do this by purchasing the entire track lighting kit which will come with the track and the light fixtures, ensuring they will fit. You can call a Wayfair customer service consultant to figure out if a certain set of track heads or pendants fit your track.

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The same standard lighting concepts apply for track lighting when you pick out the best kit for your home. You want the style to match the style of you home. First consider what your home's style is, then make sure your lighting fits the style. If you have a modern home, then modern track lighting is perfect, but if your style is rustic, you wouldn’t want to install modern track lights. In addition, consider the colors in the room currently to determine the best lighting finish. If you're installing a track lighting fixture in a kitchen with a copper faucet and sink, then you could add to it with copper finish tracks and lights. If you're in a modern home, then black might be the best option. Consider the big picture to make the final decision on finish.


We want to help you through all your lighting needs. We know shopping for track lighting might not be as straight forward as other lighting types. You can call us anytime to talk more about the track lights you are considering; we can also help you get it installed. Lastly, you can view our track lighting buying guide here.

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