The magnetic track lighting system is a new lighting system for modern spaces, it can design different vertical and horizontal styles on walls and ceilings, and can satisfy many creative DIY lighting ideas. At the same time, its quick installation method and minimal decorative effect make it the first choice for home lighting.
What is Magnetic Track Lighting, and how does it work?
The magnetic track light is a kind of light fixture installed on the track by the magnet on the light fixture. The track is composed of an aluminum shell, copper conductor and iron sheet. When the luminaire with magnet is close to the iron sheet in the track, the luminaire will be adsorbed on the track without any tools, and at the same time the luminaire is in contact with the copper conductor, then powered by an AC110-220V to DC48V transformer for the whole track lighting system.
On the magnetic linear track, different forms of magnetic attraction lamps can be installed. Not only can they move freely on the track like regular LED track lights, but they can also be disassembled and installed at will. Through different parts, the magnetic tracks can be connected to each other to form an L shape, square shape, or U shape, etc.
What are the components of the magnetic track lighting system?
The entire magnetic lighting system consists of 3 parts – magnetic rails, magnetic lighting fixtures, and accessories. Each part has something to pay special attention to. Let’s go over the main points of each part in detail.
Magnetic track rails
- In terms of size, the magnetic track is mainly divided into two types: 20mm width (M20) and 35mm width (M35). The width of these two track strips determines the width of the corresponding magnetic lamp track head. That is, a 20mm wide track can only be installed with lamps with a 20mm width track head, and 35mm is also the same. Of courese, recently there is other slim type track, only with 15mm available in markets.
- From installation way, the magnetic rails including recessed magnetic track, suspended magnet track, and surface mounted magnetic rails.
Magnetic Led Track light luminaires
The main magnetic lamps on the market include grille spotlights, linear floodlights, adjustable folding spotlights, track spotlights, and pendant lights. Each luminaire is a modular design that can be added, removed, and moved on the track at will. Now we are listing their feature as follows:
|Magnetic grille spotlights||100mm,200mm 300mm,400mm||6W 12W 18W 24W 30W||24°||Accent lighting|
|Magnetic fold spotlights||110mm, 220mm||6W 12W||24°||Accent lighting|
|Magnetic linear profile lights||300mm, 600mm, 900mm||10W 20W 30W||120°||General lighting|
|Magnetic Track spotlight||D50mm, D60mm||10W 15W 20W||24°||Accent lighting|
|Magnetic pendant lights||D30mm*H300mm||5W||24°||Accent lighting|
Magnetic track lighting system including power input cable, built-in driver, or external power supplies, L shape connector and adapters(horizontal and vertical connector). You can download this PDF file to know details about these accessories.
How to choose Magnetic Track Lighting?
The best magnetic track lighting system should be easy to install, compatible with most light fixtures on the market, and should use the same accessories as other standard track lighting systems.
There are including above many different parts for the whole magnetic track lighting system, so are you worried about not knowing how to choose these? Now share the following buying guide:
Step 1: Confirm what design pattern for the whole system you prefer.
There are about 4 design shapes for the whole lighting system- L shape, I Shape, parallel lines Shape, and Square shape.
Square shape. It is suitable for living room, offices.
U Shape: Mainly used for living room.
L Shape: Good for use in corridors, living rooms, cloakroom.
I Shape: For the living room, dining room, kitchen room.
Step 2. Choosing a suitable magnetic track rail.
As above description. There are 4 different magnetic track types.
- Recessed magnetic track: It is suitable for new houses that have not yet suspended ceilings. It is necessary to make grooves and pre-embed tracks, and then press them with the ceiling.
- Trimless magnetic rail: It is used in the room where the ceiling has been made, and the hole is directly fixed on the ceiling plasterboard.
- Surface / Pendant magnet track: Mainly used for the places where is not good for making plasterboard such as supermarkets, offices etc.
Note: If you choose to use the embedded magnetic track, you need to reserve 5-7cm of space when the ceiling is suspended. We can provide the 4 in 1 magnetic track ( integrated with surface, recessed, trimless, pendant installation)
Step 3. Choosing magnetic led lights.
magnetic linear spotlights
Remark: Philips/Osram SMD Chips, DC48V Input voltage or 220VAC 110VAC Input, 24° Beam angle， CRI80, 90lm/W output, SDCM<5, 50000Hrs lifetime. PWM /0-10V/DALI Dimmable/ Tuya intelligent ZigBee was available.
Step 4. Choosing the accessories
After you confirmed the design shape for whole magnet track system, you will know which adapter or connectors you request as follows:
Step 5. Choosing magnetic driver
There are two solutions for the whole system for driver choices.
- 48V Built-in driver. It is good for integrated with all magnet track, especially for suspension or surface mounted track. Available 100W 200W in power.
- External driver. Mainly working for recessed installation. The external driver is much better than built-in driver in quality. Meanwell power supply 100W 200W 350W available. The external power supply is suitable for placing the air outlet of the air conditioner or the exclusive maintenance port, which is convenient for future maintenance, repaire or replacement.
FAQ about Magnetic Track Lights
What are the benefits of having these in your home?
The biggest benefit of magnetic track lighting is its safety. Since they don’t require tools during installation, the risk of electrical fires and other hazards that come with hooking up track lighting is eliminated.
Another benefit of magnetic lighting is that you can add many lamps to the track. Magnetic tracks don’t have a predetermined number of bulb sockets, so you can add as many lighting fixtures as you want.
How difficult is it to install them?
Installing magnetic track lighting is easy. You can install it by yourself, and there’s no wiring involved. Simply mount the track to your ceiling, attach the lights to their track, mount the metal brackets through powerful magnets, aim them where you want them, plug them in, and turn them on!
Are your tracks compatible with other light fixtures or just the ones your company makes?
Yes, Our magnetic tracks are working with light fixtures from other suppliers. Our magnetic tracks include 20mm and 35mm width types. The 20mm track only works with a 20mm width magnetic track light fixture, and the 35mm magnetic track only works with 35mm lights.
How far does the magnetic linear track need to be away from the wall?
Generally, we advise being away from the wall by about 40-60cm. oF course, you can do it according to the actual size of your house.
Can the magnetic led lights be dimmed?
Yes, it can. We have 0-10V dimmable, DALI Dimmable types, and smart dimmable magnetic track lights（WIFI, Bluetooth mesh, and Zigbee version） available. The smart dimmable type 3CCT Color changing+ Dim brightness includes WIFI 2.4G, Bluetooth Mesh, Zigbee which are all working with TUYA APP, remote control, and smart switch on/off by smart hub (gateway).
Are there any disadvantages to using this type of lighting fixture?
One disadvantage of using magnetic track lighting is that it is expensive. Because of the materials used, it is over three times more costly to purchase magnetic track lighting when compared to other types.
Do they come in different colors?
You can find magnetic track lighting in various colors, including 3000K warm white, 4000K-4500k daylight, 6000-6500K cool white. These color temperatures will be different effects on residential rooms, regarding the choice of color temperature, you can read here to know more.
What’s more, there are also different colors for magnetic rail track, the main one is black, but the white magnetic track is also available. These two tracks’ colors will give a different performance in lighting decoration.
Is there any safety advice I should know about?
To avoid damage to the track and its surrounding area, never apply any downward pressure to the track. Doing so could cause it to separate from the ceiling and wreck both your property and your lighting system.
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