Build Your Own Residential and Commercial Track Lighting System
Track Lighting's versatility and adaptability remains the key to its popularity. Browse our selection of kits, or build your own track system for a great alternative to general room lighting, wall washing, or accent lighting. Our selection will work well in both a residential and commercial setting. Overwhelmed by all the options? Take some time to read through our guide, we'll help piece together the best configuration for you. When building your own track lighting system, there are a few factors to keep in mind:
Typical Layout Plan Combinations
The first thing to consider is your track lighting's location and the shape of the room. The most popular layout plans are:
Dog Leg Layout
Modified Grid Layout
Straight Runs: Straight Runs are the most basic form of track lighting. Link together track sections with a straight connector and piece together a simple track lighting system. "L" Layout: Construct an "L" Layout with an "L" Connector to piece together your track sections. There are two types of "L" Connectors: Inside Polarity and Outside Polarity. The Inside Polarity is generally the most popular choice. To identify polarity, orient the connector to "L" shape and the polarity grooves will intersect where indicated. Flex Connector: Create a unique track lighting system by joining track sections with a flex connectory. A Flex Connector permits a variety of track layouts at almost any angle and variation of planes, including wall-to-ceiling or even cathedral ceilings. These connectors can flex up to 90 degrees. Cross Layout: Cross Layouts are a great option for a room's complete coverage. Use the cross connector to piece sections together. Grid Layout: Create a grid for the ultimate in track lighting. Use "T" Connectors and Cross Connectors to link track sections. "T" Layout: Construct a simple "T" Layout with the "T" Connector. "H" Layout: Create an "H" Layout by using "T" Connectors. There are two types of polarity for these connectors: Inside-Right and Inside-Left Polarity. The Inside-Right Polarity type connector is most often used. To identify polarity, orient the connector to "T" shape and the polarity grooves will intersect where indicated. Dog Leg Layout: Piece together a Dog Leg Layout by using both Inside Polarity and Outside Polarity "L" Connectors. Modified Grid Layout: Use both Inside Polarity and Outside Polarity "L" Connectors to create a modified grid layout.
Progress Lighting has "put a twist" on the traditional track selection with their Illuma-Flex track system. Illuma-Flex is functional low voltage track lighting that allows unparalled simplicity and flexibility for general and accent illumination. The flexible tracks can be twisted and curved to create expressive alluring forms. Illuma-Flex features colorful glass mini-pendants combined with adjustable track heads. You can mix and match pieces on the same track to create any combination you can imagine. The adjustable heads and pendants come in many sizes, making it possible to tailor the Illuma-Flex system to the needs of any room.
Track is a surface mounted channel that holds the Track Heads. Mount the tracks directly to the ceiling, on the wall, or with pendants or cables for higher and sloped ceilings. (If you have higher ceilings, remember to place the tracks further away from the walls.) Keep in mind that track systems are normally only compatible with a given product line.
Our selection of track sections range from 2' to 12' sections. Combine any amount of sections together for your ideal arrangement. Use the suggested layouts listed above, or put together your own unique system. Power supply is available anywhere along the track, so position Track Heads wherever you need them! Use End Feeds, Canopies, "Anywhere" Power Feeds, or a Cord and Plug as your energy source.
Track Heads come in all different types and styles. Whether you're looking for a more decorative track system, a powerful light source to showcase artwork, or an unobtrusive lighting option, we have a wide selection of Track Heads to choose from. When browsing through our selection, consider the following: - Low Voltage: These track heads are usually 12 or 24 volts, consume less energry and are less expensive to maintain. (Transformer required)
Line Voltage: These track heads operate at 120 volts. (Transformer not required) PAR Lamps: PAR lamps are line voltage halogen, energy efficient, have good optics, and excellent color quality. MR-16: MR-16 bulbs are low voltage halogen lamps. Their precise beam control makes them a great choice for accent lighting. MR-16 lamps may cause shadows, so they may not be the best choice for task or general lighting. Fluorescent: Fluorescent lights are also a great alternative. They're quite cost-effective for commercial settings because of their long hours of operations.
It's important to remember that track lighting is simply a masked and glorified lamp. Decorative, round back, and flat back track heads are usually all offered with the above voltages and lamp types. Determine you're lighting needs first, choose a lamp or voltage, and then base your track head's style around your decision.
Plagued with headaches but don't like to take pills? Here are some quick, easy cures for headaches that don't involve drugs and take little time.
Are you plagued by headaches, but hate to take medicine? Do pills get stuck in your throat and powders make you ill? Well, you're in luck, because there are lots of ways to rid yourself of that pesky pain without swallowing pills.
Understanding what causes a headache is the first step toward figuring out a cure. What is a headache, exactly? Your brain is surrounded by fluid, and a headache is merely a change in the amount of that fluid. So if you have too little fluid, you get a headache. Too much fluid around your brain, however, causes most headaches.
How do you get the extra fluid out of your head? It is transported by your vascular system, which consists of your veins, arteries, and capillaries. Think of your veins as a garden hose. If you cover part of the end of the hose with your finger while water is flowing out, what happens? The water squirts out faster, right? So what you need to do is constrict the veins in your head so that they pump the fluid out of your brain more quickly.
Put an ice pack on your head or on the back of your neck, and you will find that your headache slowly dissipates. But wait just a minute. If ice on your head makes your veins pump fluid more quickly, then what would happen if you put your feet into warm water while icing your head? You got it! Your headache will disappear quickly.
Another thing that you might do is drink a cup of coffee, or a cola. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels in your brain, so a big cup of coffee can often make that pain in your head disappear like magic. Caffeine is commonly used in pain relievers that are touted as ?headache cures'.
Certain foods can cause you to have headaches. When you get a headache after eating a food, you are actually having a mild allergic reaction to this food.
When you are allergic to a food, your body puts out a chemical called histamine. In an attempt to force the foreign substance from your body, histamine thins mucus by adding additional water, and that loss of water effects the delicate balance of the fluid surrounding your brain, giving you a headache.
To relieve this type of headache, eliminate a food you suspect is causing the problem. If that doesn't cure the headache, eliminate another food until you find the culprit. Some foods that people are commonly allergic to are chocolate, wine, and peanuts.
Other headaches are caused from tension, and they are mostly centered in the neck, and are sometimes perceived as a tight band across the forehead. To relieve this tension or stress headache, sit by yourself in a quiet room for a few minutes. Then run a warm bath and sprinkle aromatic bath salts or bubbles into it. Soak for a while, making sure that your neck is submerged.
After the bath, sit down with your hands in your lap, neck relaxed. Drop your chin to your chest, then gently rotate your neck in a circle until you feel the muscles relax. You soon may find that your headache is gone.
Headaches have many causes, and it doesn't always require a drug to cure them. Use these simple techniques instead and headaches soon may be a thing of the past. Always check with your doctor about your symptoms.
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