I just worked with a client who has track throughout his office space from the 1980’s. Rather than replacing it all with new lighting, we decided to freshen up the existing track with new fixtures that are (A) more attractive, (B) more efficient and (C) most importantly, good looking.
All tracks look more or less the same on the surface – but they are very different on the inside (check out the photo).
Before you run out to buy new fixtures for your existing track, you need to look at the style of the track to make sure the fixture you select will actually fit when you snap it in. Look at these fittings. These are what you’ll see on the very top of a track fixture. They are each different.
This job is a perfect scenario.
Here’s my client’s fixture. The top of the fixture where it snaps into the track is clearly the same as the “J-Style” in the above photograph.
I know “J-Style” fixtures will fit in the existing track.
The “J-Style” track is in my client’s lobby. Now, in his hallway, the track is from another company with an “H-Style.” Again, the top design of the fixture is the same as the “H-Style” in the photo above.
So, what we have are two different styles of track but we want to install fixtures that all look the same, for visual continuity.
Thanks to product from WAC Lighting, we were able to select an affordable fixture that can be supplied in any configuration of track available.
We removed the halogen bulb it came with and replaced it with an energy efficient LED bulb that will last 30,000 hours and use only 6.5 watts. (instead of 2,000 hours and 50 watts which is the life and wattage of the halogen bulb).
Now, for less than $500.00, and without the need for an electrician, his tracks look brand new and he can send his old 1980’s style fixtures to the Smithsonian, where they belong. This is a great DIY project for anyone.
Do you have track lighting in your home? Are your fixtures old and out of date? This is a great way to update your home without spending money for an electrician. Let me know what you think.