Track lighting installation: Easy as replacing fixture
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Q: I want to replace my old light fixture with track lighting. Is it much different from replacing a regular light fixture?

A: There are a few minor differences, but nothing that should cause any problems. If you have replaced a light fixture before, this will be a piece of cake.

Whereas a single light fixture has one or more bulbs in a single group, track lighting spreads single light fixtures along a track. You can lengthen the track or even change directions with different connectors and still control the lights with a single switch.

Track lighting can give a room a much different feel than that of a single light fixture. With track lighting, you can direct the light where you want it. If you have artwork you want to highlight, just point a bulb toward it. By adding different bulbs (e.g., spotlights or floodlights), you can completely change the way a room feels.

To replace the fixture, start by turning off the power for the circuit at the main panel. Remove the light cover and the old fixture base and test the wires to make sure that the power is off.

The wiring for the track light is the same as for a single light fixture, except that instead of attaching the circuit wires to a fixture’s base, you will attach them to a connector.

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There are more capable and longer-lasting LEDs than the new Philips LED A16 bulbs, but you won’t find any that are cheaper. A single bulb, rated for ten years, will set you back $ 4.97 once they go on sale in May at Home Depot. That’s already a significant savings over Philips’ existing $ 9.97 60w equivalent, and in line with the most affordable options in the market. But what makes the new bulbs especially notable is that for the first three months they’re available, you’ll be able to get two bulbs for that same five bucks.

It’s time to upgrade your lamps with a tiny dose of the future.

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