4 Ways to Save Lots of Money on Your Next Track Lighting Project

As more and more states are lifting capacity restrictions, we are seeing an uptick in track lighting projects. Whether these businesses are remodeling or starting new, we know businesses have limited resources and time to get things up and running. For some time now, 8’ track has been the go-to length for many commercial track lighting projects. But what if there was a way to be under budget on your next project?  We have 4 reasons why you should consider using 6’, 4’, or even 2’ power track lengths in your next project. 

The Takeaway

1 - Using shorter lengths of track on your project is usually less expensive than using 8’ track

2 - 6’ track suffers less damage when shipping and has a smaller minimum order requirement than 8’ track.

3 - By using our 2’, 4’, and 6’  power track lengths, you can build almost any configuration

4 - 6’ track uses the same number of hanging points if you are using our suspension system.

 

Using 6’ power track saves money

 

If you could save over $200 dollars on your project, would you? Of course! Let’s say you are installing a 48-foot track system. As per the graphic, eight pieces of 6’ track will cost approximately $300; whereas, six pieces of 8’ foot track will cost over $500. 

 

48ft power track cost

Since both systems come in a single box, why is the 8' track system more expensive? The simple answer: shipping. Because no one wants to ship a 101-inch long box, shipping carriers charge fees to discourage it. If you want more information on the intricacies of shipping, check out our “The True Costs of Free Shipping” video.

 

Increase Shipping Damages

 

damaged power track shipping boxHave you ever tried shipping a 101 inch tube weighing about 3 pounds? Well, it is not pretty. Due to the hardware needed to install the track, the 8’ track comes in a 101 inch long tube. A single piece of track doesn’t do well on the conveyor belt or transport trucks. For this reason we have a minimum quantity requirement. We found that six or more pieces of 8’ track transport better than one to five. 

 

However, even with our special care to packing, the track can arrive damaged. Imagine getting a  box like this the day before installation. Nothing is more frustrating and costly than damaged materials.

When Time is Money

 

track lighting suspension system furniture storeMost 8’ foot track lighting projects can be configured using 6’, 4’, and even 2’ track sections. Why is this important? Besides the hundreds of dollars of savings from shipping and damages, shorter lengths are easier to install. Trying to manage an 8’ long wobbly track can get quite tiresome, believe me. What if you want to suspend your track? Well, we got you covered there too. 6’ track uses the same number of hanging points when using our track lighting suspension system. An easier and faster install can make all the difference when staying on budget.

 

Here at Total Lighting Supply, we have over 30 years of experience designing all types of commercial projects, galleries, restaurants, and retail spaces. All of our track parts work together, are affordable, and all of them are H style. We know track lighting and track suspension.

 

Thank you for dropping by our website. We are a small family business. No matter where you shop for your next track lighting project, we encourage you to consider buying from a small business. Have a blessed day!

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