If you are planning to install a track lighting system in your house, you should take into account four basic aspects: the type of track lighting, components and layout, light fixtures, and accessories.
Types of TracksTrack lights come in a wide range of styles and designs. However, it's often enough to choose between the most popular types listed below:
Standard Track Lighting System
This type of track is made in a form of a straight line and is attached directly to the ceiling via bolts or screws. It is the easiest system to install.
Monorail Track Lighting System
It is designed in a form of a polished rail hanging from the ceiling via one or several connectors (usually stem, chain or wire). Monorail track lighting system may have a custom-made design, it can be bent to follow the form of an object you need to highlight or just for aesthetic reasons. You can bend some tracks by yourself, only remember to make a minimum one foot step between flexures. the angle should not exceed 30 degrees.
Two-Circuit Monorail Track Lighting
This track design allows the user turn on and off different groups of lights affixed to one rail separately via two switches. This will help you to combine different styles of lighting in one track lighting system and easily create different lighting schemes. Important: lighting fixtures made for one-circuit tracks are usually not suitable for two-circuit systems, so be attentive and make sure that you choose the right components.
Cable Track Lighting Systems
In this case light fixtures hang between two conductive wires attached to the walls or ceiling with stretching screws. As you can see, this type of lighting can be used in rooms where track system cannot be attached to the ceiling. Important: if the wire is longer than 20 feet or light fixtures are oversized and heavy, additional supporting standoffs are required.