Lighting is essential to any space. If you are unfamiliar with certain aspects of lighting, it can seem confusing. Since it is one of the most desirable forms of lighting, track lighting often has a lot of questions accompanying it. The biggest one tends to be the matter of interchangeability. Are track lighting fixtures interchangeable? Here’s what you need to know.
Are track lighting fixtures interchangeable?
It depends on the system whether or not the fixtures are interchangeable. In short, there are a few types such as J, H, and L track lighting. Most units are interchangeable if they are the same track category. For example, one brand’s J track lighting will be interchangeable with another brand’s J track lighting, and so on. However, you can’t simply add in fixtures meant for J track to an H or L track. The interchangeability is more about the brands and models within the same track category, and not a general sweeping assumption of all track lighting solutions.
What are some other considerations with track lighting?
Another aspect to look at is voltage. Most J, H, and L tracks utilize 120 volts per average. If you are trying to add in a fixture head with a different voltage specification, you may be asking for trouble. Aside from voltage, most other features are relatively the same regardless of whether it’s J, H, or L in terms of performance. You should also be aware that most track J, H, and L lighting is single circuit meaning the lamps are operated together from a single switch. While there are a few models with double circuit capacities, the standard is still single circuit.
Track lighting should not be confused with rail lighting. Rail lighting is similar in design to track with the directional fixture heads, but the shape is different. Rail lighting is typically on a track that is curved to accommodate special ceilings or placement needs. It is bendable to allow for more versatility than traditional track lighting. Rail lighting, unlike track lighting, is not interchangeable at all among different manufacturers. For the most part, the fixtures attached are the only ones compatible for that type of lighting unit, although some manufacturers will offer additional options for heads within their rail lighting options.
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