With Track Lighting, It’s All About the Accessories

Few lighting-fixture styles offer as much flexibility as track lighting –
 once the track, itself, is installed, fixture heads can be clicked into
 place wherever they’re needed – and repositioned just as easily as room
 configurations change. And, as room styles change, the heads themselves
 can be replaced with newer models, giving designers and owners options 
recessed luminaires can never offer. Juno Lighting

Chuck Ross

Few lighting-fixture styles offer as much flexibility as track lighting – once the track, itself, is installed, fixture heads can be clicked into place wherever they’re needed – and repositioned just as easily as room configurations change. And, as room styles change, the heads themselves can be replaced with newer models, giving designers and owners options recessed luminaires can never offer.

In general, track fixtures are point sources of illumination, making them best used for accent- and task-lighting applications, rather than for whole-room ambient use. But this shouldn’t be considered a limitation - designers have access to a broad range of accessories that can be changed easily in the field that make track fixtures highly adaptable to a range of needs. Many feature “bayonet” style mounting systems allowing lenses, filters and light-control devices, sometimes in combination, to be easily attached and removed. These can include:

  • Optics options to adjust beam spreads from pinpoint spots to broader floods.
  • Color filters which can create colored illumination for a more theatrical or architectural effect or “warm” the white light produced by LEDs to a tone more like that produced by classic incandescent fixtures.
  • UV filters, which can be especially important in museum, gallery and high-end retal settings. These devices filter out the UV rays that can fade fabrics and damage fragile artworks.
  • Light-spill controllers, which help focus a track head’s beam spread and reduce glare. These can come in a variety of shapes and configurations, including “snoots” that circle the entire track head, “eyebrows” that project from only the top of a track head, and adjustable “barn doors” that are common in theatrical applications.
These accessories don’t have to be ordered with the original purchase. This means track systems can continue to evolve as facility needs change, long after installation has been completed.


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