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Upgrade Your Lighting: Convert Can Lights to Track Lights

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If you’re looking to upgrade your home or workspace lighting, converting your old can lights (also known as recessed lights) to track lights could be an excellent option. Not only do track lights provide more flexibility in terms of positioning and directing light, but they also offer aesthetic appeal and energy efficiency.

At Rodec Lighting, we specialize in providing high-quality LED lighting solutions such as LED Ceiling Lights and track lights. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of upgrading your lighting from can lights to track lights – let’s get started!

Why Choose Track Lights?

Before diving into the conversion process itself, it’s worth taking a closer look at what makes track lighting an attractive option. Here are some benefits of installing track lights:

  • Flexibility: Unlike can lights which are typically fixed into place, track lights allow for easy adjustment and customization of the direction and position of light.
  • Stylish Design: With numerous options available for styles and finishes, including sleek modern looks or vintage-inspired designs, there is a suitable model for any interior design style.
  • Energy-Efficient Lighting: LED bulbs come with many advantages over traditional incandescent models; they emit less heat while giving off brighter light that lasts longer.

Preparing For Installation

Now that you’ve decided on upgrading your existing can lights by switching to tracks lines let’s take a look at what exactly needs to happen before installation day arrives.

Step 1: Choosing The Right Fixtures And Watts

When choosing new fixtures make sure that they are compatible with your current wiring configuration before making changes.

For instance: you need fixtures compatible with the type of bulb housing currently installed in each recessed fixture.

Remember when selecting wattage output compared with current power limits:

  • If using halogen bulbs don’t increase wattage higher than 50% of current power limits.
  • If using LED bulbs, don’t exceed 80% of current power limits.

Once you have chosen the right wattage for your new lighting installation it’s time to measure the space and figure out how much track you’ll need.

Step 2: Measure Your Space

Before buying a track light system, take accurate measurements of your space. You’ll want to know the length of the ceiling where the tracks will be installed, as well as any furniture or features in the room that could impact placement.

Making sure that there is enough clearance from walls or objects directly below fixtures is important. Ideally, mounting brackets should be attached to joists or rafters so they can support weight and prevent sagging over time.

Step 3: Prepare The Wiring

Switch off power by turning off switches in breaker box before beginning work on wiring connections.

It’s essential to inspect all electrical connections before proceeding with installation. Before removing old can lights ensure wiring complies with safety standards such as National Electrical Code (NEC) & International Residential Code (IRC).

Since most existing recessed fixtures are designed for incandescent bulbs which generate more heat than LEDs can handle, different types of housings may need to be installed during this process for safety reasons.

Converting Recessed Lights To Track Lighting

Now it’s time for installation day! Here are step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Remove Existing Fixtures

First things first – turn off your circuit breaker switch connected to these lamps.
Next remove the trim ring and bulb from each fixture.
Finally use a drill or screwdriver attachment intended specifically designed for installing drywall screws through pre-drilled holes at specific locations along track sections according to manufacturers’ guidelines

Pro Tip:

Save those removed parts until after installations complete just in case anything goes wrong then revert back easily!

Step 2: Install Mounting Brackets

Mark where you want your brackets to be installed along the track, then use a drill and screws to attach them securely.

Step 3: Connect The Wires

Connect back-up wiring according to the manufacturers’ instructions. This will help with any dimming control systems or other features that are necessary for optimal performance.

Step 4: Attach Track Lights To Brackets

Place track lighting onto brackets and gently twist until they lock into place.

Step 5: Replace Trim Rings & Bulbs

Now all you need to do is replace your old trim rings & LED bulbs with more energy-efficient models designed specifically for these types of fixtures!


Upgrading from can lights to track lighting can provide numerous benefits including adjustability, style, and efficiency. At Rodec Lighting, we specialize in providing high-quality LED lighting solutions such as LED Ceiling Lights and track lights for those looking to upgrade their homes or workspaces.

Before installation day arrives it’s important that you take accurate measurements of your space, select the right wattage output compared with current power limits compatible fixture housings before proceeding.

Installation itself should be relatively straightforward but if unsure about anything always call professionals and ensure electrical standards compliance.


Q: Why should I consider converting my can lights to track lights?
A: There are several reasons why you might want to convert your can lights to track lights. First, track lighting allows for more flexibility in terms of adjusting the direction and intensity of the light. It is also easier to install than traditional recessed lighting, making it a great option if you’re looking for a DIY project. Additionally, many homeowners prefer the modern, sleek look of track lighting over can lights.

Q: Can I use my existing wiring when converting from can lights to track lights?
A: In most cases, yes. Since both can lights and track lights run on low-voltage power systems, you should be able to uninstall your old fixtures and replace them with new ones without having to rewire anything. However, it’s always a good idea to consult with an electrician or other professional before attempting any electrical work.

Q: What types of bulbs should I use in my new track lighting fixtures?
A: The type of bulb you choose will depend on your specific needs and preferences. LED bulbs are generally recommended since they last longer and consume less energy than other types of bulbs while still providing ample light output. You may also want to consider choosing bulbs with different color temperatures depending on the mood or ambiance you’re trying to create in each space where the fixture is installed (e.g., warm white vs cool white).