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How and Why You Should Buy Track Rail Lighting (Reviews / Ratings)

Dagmar Hemp  |  December 15, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

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Household trends in appliances and lighting start from either Europe and/or commercial spaces. Rail has been used for 30 years in high-end spaces like law firms and other higher end spaces.

You should consider rail instead of rail instead of traditional track because it is far better looking and versatile.

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Track Lighting vs. Rail Lighting

Track lighting is a great way to light a space. You can place a light anywhere on the track, so you can change positions for optimum lighting or if you move your furniture.

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Track lighting is better than recessed in that regard. You also need just one power source rather than a bunch for recessed. You also do not have to punch through a ceiling (which is better if you have a loft space without one).

Here’s your traditional track light.

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It works well and can be assembled to fit most any space. But rail track or monorail is much smaller, can do almost anything.

Because the product is completely modular, the lighting can be built to fit the space and accommodate any lighting needs. It’s available in satin nickel, bronze or chrome so it can either blend in with the background or stand out to be a decorative element.

Rail is bendable, so you match it to any shapes below. Sharp angles are done with a right angle connector.

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It was the perfect solution for a project I worked on where there was no ability to have any electrical come from the ceiling.

So I was able to bring power to the rail through the wall and hung the rail over the entire span of the counter in the kitchen. My client had plenty of light, and the fixtures are small enough to not intrude on the view out of the huge windows.

It’s easy to buy for your own home, there are a few items to be decided first.

How to Buy Track Rail Lighting

1 - Decide on the length of rail

It’s available from Tech Lighting in 4-foot or 8-foot lengths, and they can connect end to end for longer runs. The rail can also be bent, making an “S” curve or circles a possibility. Bending the rail to repeat the edge of a curved countertop is a beautiful way to compliment an island or bar counter.

mountain modern addition

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2 - Decide how far down from the ceiling it will hang

Standoffs are as short as 2-inches, and we can hang as far down as 12-feet. Dropping the rail off a very high ceiling is a great way to bring the lights closer to the task or living area.

Crane Building Penthouse

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3 - Pick which lights and how many

All pendants and track style heads can be used, even mixing in the same system.

Madeira Condo Remodel in Naples, Florida

Some of the most popular lights are:

Tilt Head

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Iso Head with built-in LED

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Ibiss Double Head

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4 - Decide where the transformer will be installed

Tech Lighting has some that hang on the surface of the ceiling, and attach directly to an existing junction box, or it can be away somewhere else in the house, a closet or basement is a common place for them. The transformer is needed because the lights run on 12 volts.

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Transformer

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Remote Transformer

 

Beyond this, you will need some connectors or minor parts depending on the design.

This application is a great example of a single outlet in the ceiling, but being able to light two areas in the large space.

Wells Street Kitchen

Living Room Lighting

Popular Track Lighting Pendant Options

There are so many pendant choices, some of the most popular from Tech.

Firebird Pendant

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Mini Echo Pendant

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Playa shown in natural, other color options are white or brown,

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Veil pendant is covered in crushed glass, has just the right amount of sparkle.

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Oak Park is great for many decorating styles including urban industrial, craftsman and modern.

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And this photo is a perfect example of bringing the lighting down to where it’s needed. This ceiling is so high, getting to the lights would be a problem, and the lighting wouldn’t be as bright on the work surfaces.

Power Haus Kitchen

Here we also have a superb example of illuminating the work and living area. The rails and lights are practically hidden on the sides of the beams, leaving the architecture to stand out.

Magnolia

Final Thoughts

There is almost no reason to consider old track lighting style. Rail lighting is far better looking, modular and much more versatile with different lighting options like heads and multiple pendants.

By choosing rail, you can have a more unique and more exciting environment for your home.

Just remember with rail, you have to buy the different pieces like standoffs, power feed and heads properly. Let us know if you would like advice.

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Dagmar Hemp

Dagmar Hemp is a ALA Certified Lighting Specialist for Yale Appliance + Lighting. She has many years of lighting design experience including attending Sylvania school as a lightbulb geek. Her trademark line is “I’ll remember the part number of every light in your house, but not always your name.” We can absolutely vouch that this is accurate and only emphasizes that she is, in fact, a total lightbulb geek. In her spare time, she loves decorating (especially adding pink sparkly things to our holiday tree) and enjoys cooking with her new stove. If she could, she would live at the beach or someplace very warm

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