Track lighting: versatile, flexible and easy
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- By Lorenzo Mallaci
Track lighting is a versatile and above all practical form of lighting, suitable for a wide variety of shops and spaces. Track lighting, previously used only in supermarkets and clothing shops, can now be found in various interior design styles.
How track lighting works ?
One of our best-selling product types is track lighting. Track lighting is a versatile and above all practical form of lighting, suitable for a wide variety of shops and spaces. Track lighting, previously used only in supermarkets and clothing shops, can now be found in various interior design styles.
Track lighting or rail lighting: what exactly is it?
Track lighting says it all - lights hanging from a rail. There are many types of track lighting, but the most commonly used are track spotlights. Track lighting can be rotated 360 degrees. This makes it easy to direct the light where you need it. You also easily change the position of the lights in the track. If your shop interior is changed, the lighting plan can easily be adapted to the interior. This is precisely what makes track lighting so flexible. Moreover, only one cable per track is needed for track lighting. So you don't have to lay a new cord for each lamp, but easily connect the entire lighting plan with just a few cables.
How to install track lighting?
Track lighting is relatively easy to install. This step-by-step plan tells you how best to do it.
- Select a location and switch off your electricity cabinet.
When installing a track system, one side of the track should end with a power connector that can be used to power the track. Make sure you turn off the power when you start lighting and check with a voltage tester that the power is actually off.
- Determine the shape of the rail system.
Thanks to the many accessories, you can easily create an entire rail system. So always measure your ceiling in advance and think about what your lighting plan will look like.
- Mount the rails with holes in them. All you have to do is screw the rails and drill holes in the ceiling.
- Secure electrical cables and strip the ends.
Next, you will need a terminal block with two or three openings. Two openings are for the black and blue wires. They often have a hole in the middle for the earth (yellow-green) wire. Use a small flathead screwdriver to open the opening in the terminal block, insert the wire through the opening and close the opening again.
- Attach the light points to the rail.
Because the entire rail is powered, you can place and move the rail spotlight wherever you want. Make sure to switch off the power when moving spotlights. In many cases, a simple click system will place the track spotlight on the track. The track system is now fixed!
Types of track lighting
MyPlanetLed sells a wide range of track lighting. Besides the classic round track spotlight, any lamp can be connected to the track with a special adapter. The tracks are available in white or black.
Find our track lighting assortment here.
The difference between single-phase track lighting and three-phase track lighting.
You can also choose between single-phase and three-phase track lighting. With single-phase track lighting, all lamps are connected in the same group. This allows you to switch all lamps on or off at the same time, or dim them all at the same time.
With three-phase track lighting, you can create three different light groups per light rail. This is often done to avoid overloading the current, but has the added advantage that the three groups can be controlled separately. All three groups can be connected to individual dimmers or switches. With 3 levels of track lighting, you can always choose how much light you want in your space and which objects you want to highlight.
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