Track Lighting Question

andersogFebruary 28, 2011

I have a track lighting system in which the strip is line voltage, and each light fixture has a transformer in it which converts to low voltage. Is it an issue in a single track to have different bulb types and wattages? I have 2 strips, each with 4 halogens, and aside from the 400 W of energy, it gets hot in my kitchen in the summer. I was thinking of switching some of the bulbs to LED's to lower the power useage and heat generated.

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DavidR

I don't see any harm in changing some or all of your lights to lower wattage incandescent bulbs, if they're available.

I've also seen a few low voltage LED retrofit lamps that look like they'd work with track lights.

Be careful, though - a lot (maybe the majority) of LED manufacturers' and vendors' claims for incandescent equivalence are completely bogus. I see vendors claiming a 1 watt LED is equivalent to a 20 watt incandescent, or that a 3 watt LED is equal to a 40 or 60 watt incandescent. This is WAY off the mark. Compare lumen output, not equivalence claims.

Many of the cheap LED retrofits also don't come close to their advertised average life.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2011 at 11:54PM
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andersog

Thanks. I have a few LED bulbs which use considerably less energy, however as you say they provide less actual light output. As a result I was planning on only switching half of the lights to LED's. I have 2 - 6 foot tracks, each with 4 lights, currently 50 W each = 200 W. If I replace just half of the lights I'd save almost 200 W and the heat output in my kitchen would be less (ie I would replace 2 on each track to balance the lighting).

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 7:40AM
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