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  • Low-voltage track lighting suitable for a timber-frame build with Reneta

    Posted by acgoodin on March 20, 2024 at 7:28 pm

    I’ve made a Sketchup model of a timber frame addition for my house, and may post it at some point. But I could use some help finding appropriate fixtures first.

    Can lights in the ceiling are a bad idea both from a building science perspective and because they don’t do well at lighting the timber frame itself. So I was planning to run track lighting right on key framing members, and rely on movable/aimable spots, floods and wall washers. Running romex, wiremould or conduit to feed tracks would be expensive and ugly. Cat 6 or other low-voltage wiring would be much more unobtrusive. That led me to Lumencache, which seems to be one of only a few POE/lower-voltage lighting system companies making ANY attempt to serve the residential market.

    Your site shows how I could use any line voltage track system, but those seem pretty clunky-looking compared to low voltage LED systems. One of the awesome things about Reneta is pulling all of the drivers back to the panel, and I’m not finding many low-voltage track lighting manufacturers offering the option to get fixtures without built-in drivers. The CONTINUUM system from ET2 Lighting seems to do this, but I’m not clear how you could feed power to it without using their on-track driver.

    Your post on fixture partners didn’t turn up any options either- I thought sure AiSPiRE would have track lighting for use with RPS, but they don’t.

    Could you perhaps point me in the right direction for low voltage track lighting systems designed with a remote power supply or otherwise well-suited for use with Reneta?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    derek replied 3 weeks, 2 days ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • acgoodin

    Member
    March 20, 2024 at 10:28 pm

    I just found another option: Juno has two different low-voltage track system options listed at https://juno.acuitybrands.com/products/track-lighting/track-systems , the TLV and TLVR tracks. They are only 3/4″ x 3/8, and they have end feeds specifically intended to come from a transformer.

  • derek

    Administrator
    March 23, 2024 at 6:22 pm

    If you want 1 or 2 zones of lights there are 2 channel 48V track light manufacturers gaining popularity. I’ve sourced some really good ones and may provide them as a LumenCache part eventually. You can use SV drivers and keep the current below 1.2A for the PDM-8_RJ(1), or the PDM-8_RP(1) can support 2.5A per port using 22-18 AWG wires (release date is not nailed down, but I did show it at the THB show and on some videos).

    I have a product in the roadmap to allow addressable track lights. This would give individual control over each light and still avoids wireless. The addressing allows the same flexibility as the RJ45 SIBs, so you can do 1 color, CCT, and RGB etc.

    Best bet this year is the SV to the track. I just grabbed a random 48V track from a google search as an example of what would work. Just skip their power supply: https://www.erco.com/en_us/products/indoor/track-and-singlets/erco-minirail-48v-track-and-singlets-7076/

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