Lighting Supply is proud to be the nation’s lighting leader since 1983. From LED lights and fixtures to older technologies, ballasts, drivers, ceiling fans and electrical accessories, Lighting Supply has a vast inventory of products and brands. As Lighting Supply celebrates their 35th anniversary, they are extremely excited about the ever-changing lighting industry and their continued role as a prominent lighting retailer.
It all started with Lighting Supply’s founder, Eugene Sherizen, selling light bulbs out of his truck. Sherizen was able to grow his company over the next 34 years based on the concept of providing incredible service to all customers. Galco Industrial Electronics purchased the company in May 2017 and has continued to support Lighting Supply’s core principles.
“Our number one goal has always been excellent customer service,” states Eric Miller, VP of Sales and Marketing. “Our success over the past 35 years is a result of our customers. We are extremely thankful for their support and appreciate that they continue to choose Lighting Supply for their lighting needs. We look forward to serving them for another 35 years.”
As Lighting Supply looks to the future, excellent customer service will always still be their top mission. Lighting Supply will also focus on their huge selection, and will continue to provide fast shipping around the country while making sure the sometimes delicate (lighting) materials are extremely well-packaged.
“Over the past year, we have gone from selling around 5,000 products to over 150,000, and we are adding thousands of additional products weekly,” states Lighting Supply’s President and CEO, Chris Hall. “We understand that the lighting industry is vast and changing at an extreme rate. Our goal is to offer an enormous selection that will meet our customer’s unique needs, along with providing exceptional service, so our customers can be confident they’re getting the best products for their applications.”
A modern take on track lighting is using track suspension kits. These kits allow you to hang track from ceilings which looks great in exposed high ceilings life lofts or creative spaces.
Next, determine the layout and how you are going to power your system.
Track lighting is versatile in the sense that there are different lengths and shapes for track sections so you can create the perfect layout for your space. You can choose from curved and flexible track for a contemporary look or a straight section for long runs. When determining the placement of your track, install it about 18”-24” away from the wall you wish to light for the best illumination.
There are two ways to power your system – connecting the power supply to a junction box or using a power cord in a standard electrical outlet. A plug-in track light requires no wiring but may not have the cleanest look. The fixture must also be located near an outlet. Connecting to a junction box, or hard-wiring, offers a more finished look. However, if no junction box is available, you will need to install one which may require the services of an electrician.
Lastly, choose your track heads and bulbs.
You’ll first need to determine if the purpose of the light is to illuminate a task, such as food preparation, or to provide general lighting in a room. Track heads have a more focused light for tasks or drawing attention to artwork or displays. Whereas pendants offer a more general light, perfect for ambient lighting.
Once you’ve chosen your track head type, you’ll need to choose the bulb. Low voltage systems use halogen or LED MR16 and MR11 bulbs. Line voltage systems can use a wider variety, depending on the fixture recommendation, such as MR16, MR11 and PAR20 bulbs. Each of these types of bulbs also come in different beam angles – spot bulbs have a beam angle under 25 degrees and flood bulbs have beam angle of 25 degrees or higher. If you choose an LED bulb, this will also provide more options based on color temperature ranging from warm to cool white.
Track lighting can become overwhelming with a ton of options, requirements and planning involved. Give our Customer Service team a call at 877.231.2852 and they will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect system for your space. You can also email or leave a comment below.
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