Accent Lighting

For lighting objects on a wall, the wall itself, or any vertical surface, position the track and the fixtures as shown at right.

Generally, fixtures should be aimed at a 30-degree angle from the vertical to prevent light from shining in anyone’s eyes, and to avoid disturbing reflections on the surface of the object. Usually, one fixture is required for each object being accented.

Measure the distance (“B” to “C”) from wall to ceiling as shown in the table below.

Mount track at “Location” (“A” to “B”) from wall, on ceiling, as shown in the table below.

A to B Location in inches B to C Distance in feet
13″ 2 feet
20″ 3 feet
27″ 4 feet
34″ 5 feet
41″ 6 feet

Wall Washing

For non-textured surfaces, mount the track two to three feet from the wall, on ceilings up to nine feet high. Mount fixtures between three and four feet on ceilings between nine feet and 11 feet high. Space the fixtures the same distance apart as the track is from the wall.


Wall Grazing

For dramatic shadows on textured surfaces (such as draperies, stone, or brick) mount the tract six to 12 inches from the wall, with the fixtures the same distance apart and aimed downward for a grazing effect.


General Lighting

General lighting can be provided by track fixtures aimed at the wall, or by spill light from fixtures used for accent lighting or wall washing.


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