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Track Lighting Question

tannersarms 2,122 4,303 April 9, 2011 at 02:49 PM
I asked this question in the home repair thread earlier today, but it isn't getting any responses there and I hoped to get an answer by the end of the day.

I have a question concerning track lighting. My kitchen has got a six foot section of Liform L series lighting. Normally on here we have four fixtures, which appear to be model number TH0610 made by Quantus and normally sold by Menards.

However, it is getting very hard to find replacement fixtures of the exact same model. Knowing nothing at all about track lighting (and indeed electricity), I wonder if someone could advise what sort of specifications I should be looking for on replacement parts. The fixtures say "Use only with Liform L series". The track itself says Max 2400W, and was running four 12V, 50W lamps. Can I run 3 12v 50W and a 120v 50W fixture together?

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However, it is getting very hard to find replacement fixtures of the exact same model. Knowing nothing at all about track lighting (and indeed electricity), I wonder if someone could advise what sort of specifications I should be looking for on replacement parts. The fixtures say "Use only with Liform L series". The track itself says Max 2400W, and was running four 12V, 50W lamps. Can I run 3 12v 50W and a 120v 50W fixture together?

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in todays world something that was made will be outdated by the end of the week and replacement parts will be hard to find after 2 weeks. well, not quite that bad, but you get the idea.

since your track lighting says 12v 2400w max, yes you should be able to run 3 x 12v 50w lights as the total 150w is well under the 2400w max.

although the 120v 50w light will have to be wired separately and can't run off the 12v (2400w max) light transformer.
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Thanks for the reply.

Not looking to do any additional wiring, I just want to have four lights on the track as I've always had, except finding the replacement part is getting harder. (As a side note, the track doesn't mention anything about voltage, just max 2400W - is that relevant, or does the fact that it's been running 12v lamps suggest that is all it is currently wired for?)

I guess at this point, I'm just looking to source alternative fixtures and need to know what to ask/look for. I think I've determined that I should be looking for low voltage (rather than line - that's 120v, right?) fixtures, and would be sticking with 50w, with the bulb type MR16 but even then when I find something (like this [direct-lighting.com], there are still wiring options that I don't understand (3 wire/2 wire (HT, JT and LT) that I don't know what type I require. It seems I was a bit naive thinking I'd just be able to go on Amazon and narrow my selection criteria until I found something similar.
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You have a 12 volt track light system. 2400W (watts) max meaning you could potentially run 24 -100 watt 12v bulbs or 12 - 200 watt 12v bulbs. From this example you can see that you only have to do the math.

Yes line voltage is 120V, you have a transformer somewhere that reduces voltage to 12V. HT usually means high tension or hi voltage 120V.... LT then is low tension (your 12 volts).

If you can disassemble the light fixture itself maybe you can find a similar bulb? Someone makes those bulbs - you just have to find them. You can use any 12 bulb that fits your socket.
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So I guess I am confused it seems you want to buy new lights that will work with your track correct? if so just take one of your lights to ayou local lighting store or Menards and see if they have any lights that are physically the same. If so they should work. Always stay with 12V stuff and you will be fine!

If not just bite the bullet and buy a new tracklight
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if you have 500 bucks to spend, you can get 4 recessed cans bought/installed.

by me there are a few specialty lighting stores that seemed to have everything (old/new). might check the phone book.
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if you have 500 bucks to spend, you can get 4 recessed cans bought/installed.

by me there are a few specialty lighting stores that seemed to have everything (old/new). might check the phone book.
cans are not always the best lighting and some track lighting is under cabinets that are above counters.
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