How to Change Light Fixtures on Track Lighting

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One of the additional features of track lighting, beyond directional lighting control and energy savings, is the opportunity to upgrade or change the appearance of the overall assembly by changing the type or style of the individual lighting fixtures. Changing the light fixtures, often referred to as lighting “heads,” is a simple procedure that can be completed in a few minutes to give the track light a whole new look.

Things You'll Need

  • Stepladder
  • New track light fixtures and bulbs

Access the lighting fixture track from a stepladder.

Remove the track light fixture by depressing or sliding the locking tab downward on the base of the fixture, then twisting the base counterclockwise to release it from the track channel.

Insert the end connection of the new track light fixture into the track channel, making certain to align the indicator line or arrow with the designated side of the track, and then twist the base clockwise in the track channel to lock it in place. Most lighting tracks have an imprinted line on one side of the track’s length to designate the “hot” side of the track, and the lighting fixtures themselves have a similar line or arrow designation for alignment.

Insert the bulb in the new track light fixture, and then adjust the fixture’s target direction as desired.

Repeat Steps 2 through 4 for all the additional track light fixtures that you want to replace.

Tips & Warnings

  • If a replaced track light fixture fails to light, it is most likely because of a circuit misalignment. Detach the fixture and reverse the direction of the base connection to resolve the problem.
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