Track Lighting 101: The Second Installment

Track Lighting 101: The Second Installment

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Track lighting can provide any home or office space with task or focal lighting, all while adding a bit of style and class.

During this second installment, I wanted to discuss the difference between line voltage track lighting and low voltage track lighting, as you might find that one or the other is better suited for your living space. Now, I won’t cover the pros and cons of line voltage and low voltage here, but we will definitely do our best to promote a better understanding of the differences between the two. I will cover track lighting in later blogs as well, so be sure to follow us and check back from time to time. The ultimate goal, here, is to provide you with as much education and knowledge on various topics so that you can create the home — or office space — of your dreams.

The Definitions

Line voltage is a term used to describe the ubiquitous type of power that runs throughout homes and offices everywhere. For instance, standard wall outlets provide line voltage power and, as everyone probably understands, line voltage can be a bit dangerous. Low voltage, on the other hand, is power that has been converted from line voltage by a transformer…to a safer level.

As you begin to set out and decide which track lighting is best for your space, it’s important to understand that when working with traditional track lighting systems that all traditional track carries voltage power. if someone mentions a “low voltage track system” they are talking about the fixtures themselves, which are very plentiful on the market today.

Now, low voltage fixtures for traditional track lighting convert power from line to low voltage using a transformer that is built into the fixture. Westside Wholesale has a large selection of low voltage track lighting fixtures on sale from the top brands on the market and at reasonable prices. In fact, many of our lighting options are available for under a $200.

The development and emergence of low voltage fixtures has been driven in large part by the consumer’s desire to reduce the overall size of the track lighting fixtures within their homes. The size of the lighting has become so much smaller as well – in fact, there are hundreds of new compact fixture styles for track heads and pendants. In addition to that, low voltage lights are more energy efficient as they use halogen bulbs. These bulbs provide a crisp, white light, rather than the yellowish light that incandescent fixtures provide.

All in all, track lighting is one of the most versatile and stylish lighting options of today. They can be placed almost anywhere and completely transition a space from ultra boring to ultra glamorous – and with ease. Installation of track lighting systems is not extremely difficult, but if you aren’t familiar or comfortable with working with electricity, any experienced electrician should be able to install a track system of any standard quickly and easily.

Now, for all of its advantages, it should also be mentioned that track lighting does have a limitation – that every fixture on a track is on a single circuit, which means that they cannot be controlled separately. So, it’s impossible to dim or turn off a light, independently of the others. However, there is such a thing as a dual circuit track which allows light fixtures to be isolated into two groups so that they can be controlled independently.

If you have any questions about track lighting, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help in any way possible. Happy Lighting!