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  • See Track Lighting Suspension Installed in Restaurant Buildout

    We posted this LED Track lighting suspended system in our gallery going into a nationwide chain of new restaurants. The owner was kind enough to take a break from a crazy project schedule to take some photos of the process thus far.  We thought it would be good for you to see what an all black track lighting system against a black ceiling of trusses looks like.

    GU10 MR16 BLACK mini round track light fixture head TLSK225-ABK

    Working with our design team, we had his store layout, detailed list of materials and quote all done the same day.  We shipped it the next day, on time and way under budget. Although the store is not finished at the time of these photos, it is easy to see the powerful performance of our little black GU10 MR16 2” track light fixtures using only 7watts each.

    We do projects like this every day and we always want it looking perfect. Thanks to the store owner for sharing his photos so others can see what it looks like.  We hope to get finished photos when he has time to give you the full look of the store.

    Feel free to click on each photo to enlarge it so you can get a much better look.

    Black Track Lighting Suspended from Black Architectural Ceiling Black Track Lighting Suspended from Black Architectural Ceiling

    Track Lighting & Track Suspension used in this Install

    GU10 MR16 BLACK mini round track light fixture head TLSK225-ABK
    4-foot Power Track Architectural Black 3-wire H-style single circuit TLSK4-ABK
    8-foot Power Track Architectural Black 3-wire H-style single circuit TLSK8-ABK
    Track lighting Architectural Black live end power feed connector 3-wire H-style single circuit TLSK101-ABK
    Track lighting Architectural Black straight connector mini joiner 3-wire H-style single circuit TLSK107-ABK
    Track lighting LED 7watt GU10 MR16 4000K 40° flood light bulb dimmable natural white LED-MR16GU10D-4000K-FL
    Track lighting suspension system Drop Ceiling Coupler CC-1420
    Track Lighting Suspension Cable Glider and Screw 15Z-832I-T2-H

     

    Suspension Track Lighting Cable 96 AG-16-87-96
    Track Suspension 14/3 SJTOW Black Power Cable 15AMPs 300volt by the foot up to 500ft 14/3-SJTOW-Black-105c
    Track lighting power feed black strain relief with lock nut for track lighting suspension system TLSK-Strain-Relief-LockNut-BK
    Suspended Track Lighting Cable Cutter TL-CUTTER-AS

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  • How Track Lighting can Increase Furniture Store Sales

    Furniture Store Designer Sofa Track Lighting Flowers Illuminated with track lighting

    Good lighting makes all the difference in retail. Using appropriate lighting will make the space more inviting, show off the product, highlight rich fabrics and bring out subtle colors. Additionally, good lighting always increases sales and reduces operating expenses.

    Lighting has improved dramatically for the better.

    A quick trip down memory lane recalls the fluorescent fixtures and the old PAR bulbs in almost every retail store. Then we upgraded to better fluorescent tubes. They lasted a little longer and gave better color rendering, so colors did look a little better.

    A few stores stayed with the same bulbs they used for lighting their warehouse. And they looked like a low-end warehouse inside—flat, colorless lighting and no depth to the displays at all. Works for some, but was not a good choice for store owners that wanted the best option for their retail space and know the value of lighting.

    Furniture Store Living Space Fluorescent Lighting Dull flat fluorescent lighting

    Next, the PAR and R bulbs gave out to Halogen PAR bulbs. Better and brighter, but still produced so much heat that your air conditioning system was running all winter long, and your electric meter was spinning away.

    Now we have more choices, and you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make things look absolutely amazing. If you are designing a new store, you can opt in for all LED fixtures, both for general light and for dramatic highlighting. If you have an existing space, you can convert your existing fluorescents to LED quickly, easily and inexpensively. Just think—better color, up to three times the light, and you will cut your electric bill in half. No need to run the air conditioner in the winter! If you are using halogen bulbs, you most likely started converting them to LED years ago, but the new generation of LED PAR bulbs are even better than before, with more improvements coming all the time. Just this week we received a new box of LED PAR bulbs for testing and they are the highest color rendering bulbs we have tested so far.

    Customers do not want to buy furniture in a store that looks like their living room.

    Furniture Store Living Space Fluorescent Lighting No shadows, no color, no depth

    People do not want to buy furniture in a store that looks like their living room. While it may be a comfortable space to sit on the couch and watch TV, a living room isn’t set up to display and highlight the features of the furniture. Many store owners use interior designers that understand color, accessories, placement and themes. Unfortunately, all too often the lighting is overlooked and poorly selected and set up. I visited a furniture store last week that had clearly spent a lot of money on their lighting. However, it was obvious that their floor-plan had changed and the lighting remained in its original setup. 50% of the light fixtures were lighting the floor, where there had once stood a beautiful piece of furniture. I have yet to find a furniture store that has trained their staff about lighting and who can properly light their store for the best possible sales results. But I am sure they area out there and would to hear from them and see their work.

    Engaging a lighting expert, like one of our experts at Total Lighting Supply, to properly light your store, will lead to the best possible sales results. Think of it this way—people that do Broadway shows always hire a lighting designer to make the stage look perfect. They do not hire costumers, set designers, color experts and the best performers, only to use an old fluorescent fixture to light the show.

    How much light is the correct amount of light?

    There is no specific formula for this, but ask yourself the following questions:

    Is the space inviting?

    Is it exciting and colorful?

    Are you drawn in?

    Do you want to see more?
    What is in the back of the store? Is it brighter back there?

    What is the highlight of the space; the “star” of the show?
    Do your customer say, “I want my room to look like that”?

    Is the lighting playing a part in the presentation, or is it just “there”?

    Does it look “rich”? Are the colors “popping”?

    Furniture Store Designer Master Bedroom Track lighting used to draw your eye back into the space

    Your displays should have light and shadow. This will give you depth in the display. Try putting a colorful flower display on the coffee table and hit it with a 5000K PAR spot track lighting fixture (about 7 watts LED at $4.25 or so), and watch your “vignette” come alive. We see a similar method used successfully in furniture stores when they put several bright colored pillows on a bed and use appropriate lighting to bring the bedroom furniture alive. It is important to know that a small selection of both spot and flood work great in any retail environment. Your sales will reflect this little bit of extra time you put into your lighting.

    General lighting makes the space feel open and inviting. However lighting only from overhead with a flat, down light fluorescent will not look good. How you light different areas of the store is important as well. We see many retail stores light the back of the store brighter than the front to draw their customers all the way into the store. Don’t let the back of the store look cheap, if you have overstock make it look great so it moves.

    Color Rendering

    Furniture Store Master Bedroom white bed More use of track lighting in a master bedroom display

    There is a ton of information out there on color rendering, but let’s touch on this a bit. You have probably heard the term “full spectrum,” but that is simply a meaningless advertising term. Color Rendering or CRI is an actual measurement. The higher the number the better your light source is at showing all the colors of the color chart. If you have a cheap fluorescent with a color rendering of 60% you have poor representation of colors in your displays. They will look muddy and dull. The higher the number the better, but there is also a point at which the high number is not cost effective. The difference between 95% and 100% CRI is hard to see and drives the price of the light source to almost triple of what you need to pay.

    Color Temperature

    Do not confuse color temperature with color rendering. They are separate and not related in any way. However, just like color rendering, color temperature can be measured. The lower numbered temperature, say 2700K, is a warm light, while the higher numbered temperature, like 4000K, is a whiter light. We like to use whiter light in modern settings with a lot of white and black, and even in kitchens. There is also the extreme 5000K, very white light, that is used in retail spaces like bridal salons (no one likes a yellow wedding dress).

    Should I use track lighting?

    Furniture Store Track Lighting Accented BedsTrack lighting was actually born on the Broadway stage. Retailers began using track lighting to duplicate that dramatic effect of the stage, control the beam of the light, the color, the shape, etc. They understood the versatility of being able to adjust, move and add or subtract light to make their stores look inviting and dramatic.

    Using stage lighting in a store is expensive, but you will see it in high-end stores with high ceilings, churches, performance venues, etc. The good news is that track lighting gives almost the same control as stage lighting at about 1/8 of the price. And it’s very easy to do! We do track lighting on projects all over the world, and we have a hanging system to hang from any ceiling, no matter the height or obstructions. It is surprisingly inexpensive to do it right.

    Choosing lighting for your store.

    Fluorescent Lighting used in Furniture Store Just think what a little dramatic lighting would do with this store ?

    Look at how your store is presented. Step back and take a good look at your merchandising and ask if better lighting could improve the presentation. If the answer is yes, we can help! Our chief designer has been lighting retail stores, galleries, restaurants and high-end homes for 38 years. His expertise is available to you too! We offer a variety of services from basic free advice to expert assistance for a reasonable charge, including having our Chief designer visit your store and train your crew. Even if you already know what you want, we can help you get there, do it on time and in budget.

    Thanks for reading! Check out our ongoing comments from our design time. We love a world with good lighting and appreciate when anyone strives to get it right. We would love to hear from you and see photos of your successes.

    Examples of Fluorescent Lighting compared with Track Lighting

    Notice the differences in highlights and shadows as well as color. Which one draws you in more?

    Furniture Store Two Chairs Before Sim BEFORE - Dull flat fluorescent lighting with poor color rendering
    Furniture Store Two Chairs After Sim AFTER - Deeper contrast, greater accents and better color rendering achieved with track lighting
    Furniture Store Red Bed Before BEFORE - Flat and poor color rendering with fluorescent lighting
    Furniture Store Red Bed After Sim AFTER - Track lighting can bring out subtle highlights & shadows with better color rendering light bulbs

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    Tags: Furniture Store, Retail Store

  • Suspending Satin Nickel Track Lighting Project

    At Total Track Lighting, we work on track lighting suspension systems every day. Our projects include single circuit track lighting and double circuit track lighting available in black, white and satin nickel. We currently have a project underway and wanted to share it with you. While we are still in the process of finishing this project, it is a great illustration of the type of designs we do on a regular basis.

    On this project, the client wanted to supply black wire from the track up to the ceiling. When you have a ceiling that is dark or black, black wire is a good choice. You will see from the photos here that the white wire, when straightened up, will actually look best on projects with a white ceiling and walls.

    Track Suspension Black Power Cable & Canopy Installation using Black Power Cable & Electrical Canopy Cover
    Track Suspension White Power Cable & Canopy Installation using White Power Cable & Electrical Canopy Cover

    We wanted to share this project in process so you can see just one of the many details we focus on when assisting our clients. We are always trying to get the best look, the easiest installation and outstanding lighting for your project. Our 7 Fast and Easy Steps is the best way to get started. You can also take a look at our Resource Page on suspending track lighting and our gallery of projects. We do everything we can to bring your project in on time and within budget. We have the most complete inventory for hanging track in the world and have been doing it for over 30 years!

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    Tags: Track Lighting Suspension, Satin Nickel, Power Cable, Right Color

  • A Challenging Suspended Track Lighting Project

    Our customer came to us with a unique project. The client is an artist that does all his work on the floor. The lighting had to be great in the daytime as well as night. As you can see from the photo, he had both a flat and slope ceiling in the same space as well as six large skylights with motorized shades in them to reduce and control the natural light. The electrician installed the system, added holes in the track so he could support it properly when he moved the suspension points over to avoid the skylights. In the future, when the client is ready he/she will install the track fixtures. Installing fixtures is easy and fast and we always recommend this video if you are inexperienced.

    When doing this type of project we suggest that you plan carefully and use a laser to line up the holes in the ceiling to get your cables straight. If have a cable that is off here and there, simply drill a new hold in the track so you can move the track support and leave the cable where it connects to the celling so you do not have to come back to patch and paint.

    We have thousands of systems all over the world using our suspension system. No matter the ceiling type or height we can get the parts to make it work and look great!

    Questions? Please connect with us.

    Track Suspension Track LightingTrack Suspension Track Lighting Example

     

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  • How to use our H-Style 3-Wire Track Lighting L-Connector with insightful tips - Video

    In this video, we take another look at one of our most popular track lighting power feed connector, the L-connector TLSK108. Our last video demonstrated an adjustable L-connector that swivels to adjust to different angles in the track layout. This updated overview reveals some significant changes that are important to know before installing your track lighting system with L-connectors. Have a watch :)

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  • How to assemble our Gimbal Ring Track Light TLKS212, TLSK213 & TLSK214 Video

    Learn how to quickly assemble our gimbal ring track light head for models TLSK212, TLSK213 and TLSK214 and swiftly get moving on your track lighting project.

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    TLSK213-AWH Gimbal Track Light

    TLSK213-AWH

    TLSK214-AWH Gimbal Track Light

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  • How to install a Track Light Pin Alignment & Adjustments, Troubleshooting common problems Video

    Having problems installing your track light into your track lighting system? No electricity powering your track light head? Our video goes over common problems you may encounter during the installation of your track lights into the power track and offers solutions that are super easy to perform.

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  • How to Open our drop ceiling Track Lighting support T-Bar Clip

    There are many reasons why you would use our drop ceiling support T-bar clip in your track lighting project. Here we demystify how to open and close the tbar clip as it can be very frustrating at times when especially if you're on a ladder neck deep into your track lighting installation and the darn thing just won't cooperate.

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    Tags: Drop Ceiling, t-bar, t-bar clip, drop ceiling support, accoustic ceiling, track lighting project, installing track lighting, tbar clip, track lighting installation

  • Watch Out for this One Track Lighting Defect

    In this video we show you how to spot a very frustrating track lighting defect and provide additional insights into how to avoid damaging your track light connector when installing your track light head fixture.

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  • 7 Helpful Tips about Our Complete 3 Light White LED Track Lighting Kit - Lightfair 2017 Ep.6 Video

    Everything you need in one box and ready to install. Our brand new state of the art white LED track lights and power track are easy to install and simple to add as many fixtures as you need. Part of our complete track lighting system. We can help you with your projects, just visit our contacts page above to get in touch with one of our customer service experts.

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