Q: Do I have to use a transformer
for low-voltage lighting?
Yes. Each individual light fixture or track system is powered by a low-voltage
transformer. This is a device which reduces the current from 120 volts to either 12 or 24 volts.
Q: If I want to use individual pendant fixtures, what kind of transformers
do I use?
If you are using single pendant or spot type fixtures which will mount to a junction
box, you have the option of using a small electronic transformer mounted in the j-box, or a larger remote mounted transformer
for multiple fixtures.
Q: How many
fixtures can I run on a single track system?
If you are using 12 volt lamps and transformers, you can use a total
of 300 watts maximum on each low-voltage circuit. If you are using 24 volt lamps and transformers, you can use a total of
600 watts maximum per low-voltage circuit. These totals can be any combination of lamp wattages as long as you don’t
exceed the maximum.
Q: What if
I want to use more fixtures than the maximum allowed per circuit?
By using a non-conductive connector
between certain tracks, you can separate your total run length into multiple low-voltage circuits. Each circuit can carry
the maximum wattage and each circuit is powered by its own power feed from the transformer.
Q: What are the available lengths for the low-voltage tracks?
low-voltage tracks are available in 39 and 77 inch sections. But both of these tracks can be field cut with a carbide chop
Q: How do I figure
the number of tracks I need?
You divide your total run length by 39 or 77 inches. Usually you
want to maximize the number of long tracks and complete the run with a single shorter track.
Q: How do I know how many suspensions I need?
are required every 39 inches on straight track runs. You divide the total run length by 39 inches, and add 1 for the end.
If you are using curved track, you may require additional suspensions.
Q: What information do I need to submit to get a track quote?
us which track you plan to use and the finish color. Tell us how far below the ceiling you want the track to hang. Give us
the number of runs and the total run length for each individual run as well as the number of fixtures and the wattage of each
fixture on that track run. And finally give us the product number of the fixtures you plan to use. If you are using curved
track, and you want us to curve it at the factory, then we need drawings including the radius of the curves. With this information,
we can send you a complete bill of materials and quotation.
Q: Are all the Planlicht low-voltage tracks bendable?
the TURN track can be bent by hand. However all of the tracks can be curved using a small hand crank machine. For the most
graceful curves, we recommend using the hand crank machine for all tracks, including TURN track. We can curve the track in
our factory, or you may curve it at the job site. We make the small machines available for purchase or rent.
Q: Are all finishes available for all track systems?
Only TURN track is offered in all finishes. Please consult your catalog for finish options.
Q: Do I need a rough-in housing for the Planlicht recess fixtures?
all recessed fixtures require a special rough-in housing which we manufacture here in the USA. These items are not shown in
the catalog. Please contact your local rep or the customer service department for additional information.