Return to the Lighting Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Need a BRIGHT, dimmable track light

Posted by wi-sailorgirl (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 12, 10 at 11:36

We have a short track (maybe 18 inches, 2 feet at most) with three lights on it at the top of our stairs, which go up to a half second floor with a railing open to the living room below. The track provides lighting for the upstairs open hallway and are the only lighting source for the stairs.

Right now there are three mismatched fixtures (BIG can types, that look to me like something you'd see outside) that provide adequate lighting, although I'd prefer more.

I'd like to replace it with another track fixture (or something with three directional lights) that has much smaller fixtures but provides really good lighting.

What's the best route to take here? Halogen? LED? I don't mind paying a little bit more for this fixture particularly if the bulbs will last a while. It's very scary to service this fixture (because you are sort of perched over the railing to down below) so the less time we spend changing light bulbs, the better.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Need a BRIGHT, dimmable track light

I'd go with LED. There are many choices available today.

Albea has some interesting high output led strip lighting that perhaps could be made to work with a recessed trough in the ceiling.

I'm sure Pegasus lighting has a solution too.

Another vendor


RE: Need a BRIGHT, dimmable track light

Stay with a brand name Mr16 track head.
Most of them will last 5000 hours, or you can purchase 10,000 hour lamp for a little bit more.
I have 50 of these lamps in my home, which was built 5 years ago, and I haven't replaced one of them.
I use Iwasaki lamps, but GE or Philips are comparable.
Stay away from LED....
They're not as dependable as anyone thinks, are they are very expensive. Their light output and colour rendering are questionable, to say the least.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Lighting Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here