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#1 What is the name of this lighting fixture? I want to replace the lights for aesthetic reasons but can't find any track lights that look compatible.

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COMMENTS

  • landahoy56
    868 points Nov 21,2019, 7:35am

    Flexible Track Lighting. I have a similar fixture in my house. I would try Menards for replacement heads - your track seems to resemble the Patriot brand they carry.

  • lonelyinbama
    102 points Nov 21,2019, 7:55am

    Came from Lowe’s, had the same light. Had to keep replacing the lights and eventually just changed the whole fixture because I kept having so many problems

  • IamAdverb
    26 points Nov 21,2019, 7:57am

    This is monorail lighting. George Kovacs makes some very similar sets/kits. I have them in my kitchen and dining room. The track is actually bendable into whatever rounded or curved shape you want.You can find more info at minkagroup . net.

  • zznet
    7 points Nov 21,2019, 8:03am

    That looks like the flexible track like lighting the big box stores sell. Usually it's a boxed set with no accessories available. You may be able to change the glass, but the fixture is possibly proprietary. It looks something like these to me:

    Hampton Bay 10 ft. 5-Light Brushed Steel Line-Voltage Flexible Track Light Kit with Mesh Shadeshttps://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-10-ft-5-Light-Brushed-Steel-Line-Voltage-Flexible-Track-Light-Kit-with-Mesh-Shades-EC9580BA/202051411

  • JrBaconFatKid
    64 points Nov 21,2019, 1:57am

    Lighting engineer here. I'd say by looking at the fixture that it's a non-standard track, and the track heads look like they aren't removable. It's probably an off-the-rack decorative fixture (home depot or something), so you probably won't be able to find any compatible heads. I'd recommend replacing the whole track with something more standardized with a lot of options, like Juno track. Then buy any track heads you want.

  • DCgirl1318
    5 points Nov 21,2019, 8:59am

    Holy crap, are you in my house? That is my ceiling complete with beams, curtains, and track lights 👀

  • Wael_mansour
    7 points Nov 21,2019, 7:34am

    Off topic, but I like your photo, looks confusing at first glance.

  • Lyracuse
    3 points Nov 21,2019, 9:53am

    And here you thought you were asking a simple question, haha. Look how quickly the topic derailed!! I love Reddit.

  • TwoTimesQuick
    5 points Nov 21,2019, 2:37am

    It might make it a lot easier if you could google a company name, model or any kind of numbers/letters, can you find any on the track or lights? Maybe take the fixture off and look in there?

  • rangoranger39
    5 points Nov 21,2019, 7:55am

    Bob

  • ImRickJameXXXX
    2 points Nov 21,2019, 8:45am

    Those things are every where. Swing a dead cat and you will find one

  • RandomizedRedditUser
    2 points Nov 21,2019, 9:58am

    Does the glass come off? It's not terribly difficult to find various sizes of new glass to replace and change the look.

  • JoeB-
    2 points Nov 21,2019, 10:02am

    I have the exact same fixture that I bought at Lowe's around 8 years ago. IIRC, It's made by Portfolio. You'll unlikely be able to find replacement parts. Plan on replacing the entire fixture.

  • drchopsalot
    2 points Nov 21,2019, 10:34am

    Tell me bout them beams tho.

  • Slippytoe
    2 points Nov 21,2019, 12:55pm

    Really you’ll want to replace that with wire track suspension. Still some 12v systems around but I’d steer clear and just get a new LED system although most are more modern looking so it depends what aesthetics you are trying to achieve.

    EDIT: also those fittings pictured are very poor in that they only make a connection as they clamp around the cable and actually pierce into the conductor. Not safe or reliable by today’s standards.

  • friendlycordyceps13
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 8:13am

    This belongs in r/confusing_perspective

  • PreacherDan
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 8:54am

    Holy shit I have the exact same track. Can I buy the lights off you? I can't find replacements anywhere.

  • joevasion
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 8:59am

    I would just replace it with something else, took one of these out recently in someone’s house because we couldn’t find replacements for anything and I just kept messing up

  • derpingUSA
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 9:28am

    Recently learned that there are three standard fits for track light head h,l, and j. https://www.totaltracklighting.com/popular-track-lighting-styles.html If your feeling a little handy the actual tracks and track heads can be pretty cheap and give you lots of options for styles. Installing more track heads are as simple as clip on/off.

  • aeonnzr
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 9:45am

    Lamp :)

  • cessna1466u
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 9:49am

    Yes it’s from Lowe’s we got ours to match their libbe style of lights. The bulbs do go out very often. We’re thinking of replacing it as well

  • RockyMtnGrl
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 9:51am

    What part of the aesthetic are you unhappy with? Just the glass shade? If so, you could modify the fixtures yourself for much less than it would cost to replace all of them... Disassemble one to remove the shade or whichever parts you’re unhappy with, get approximate dimensions for the through-holes that any new parts will need in order to be compatible. Then order parts from some place like www.grandbrass.com to achieve the look you want, and paint them to match your existing fixture.

  • B2MYWIFE
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 9:57am

    Lowe’s has it.

  • TheDeanosaurus
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 10:04am

    WHAT is this ceiling? Is that like paneling over plywood subfloor? I actually love it...

  • urbanblazer
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 10:05am

    Not read the posts but I'm An electrician and it's just track lighting,see if you can find a brand name on it and locate different type fittings or just replace the whole track with new and you have a much greater choice.

  • Hashtag_Nailed_It
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 10:27am

    It looks like there is an ID label on the second light unit in. You can probably find a model number or product ID or something on there

  • eNaRDe
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 10:39am

    I get those on Lowe's for $50 cause they were the floor model. Best purchase I ever made. Regular price is $150 I believe.

  • WrenchNRatchet
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 11:05am

    I know you’re asking about the entire lamp portion, but you could also probably just replace the glass and/or bulbs

  • 000thr0w4w4y000
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 12:10pm

    Can you just change the shell part?

  • purduephotog
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 12:43pm

    Bar light- very popular at Lowes/HomeDepot about 7 years ago.

  • Evermorre
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 12:51pm

    Monorail

  • KoolBlueKat
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 1:25pm

    I have the same lights in my home in 2 places. I got them at Lowes a few years ago. The plastic heads and standoffs are delicate and break easily. Wish I could remember the brand name. May have been Allen + Roth

  • ocean35
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 1:26pm

    That looks old fashioned. Can one still find those in the market?

  • jtmott
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 5:49pm

    Lowe’s sold them, I couldn’t find replacement parts when I broke the plastic cap holding the pieces together.

  • dolgos
    -2 points Nov 21,2019, 7:52am

    I would get rid of the track lighting and find a different solution. Track lighting does not look good

  • aviaang
    0 points Nov 21,2019, 11:03am

    no idea what is going on here but i’m fucking angry

  • Bu1150nparade
    0 points Nov 21,2019, 8:53am

    Could not find nothing at all, nothing at all.....

  • Delusionn
    0 points Nov 21,2019, 12:49pm

    Phteven. Its name is Phteven .

  • Judosii
    -4 points Nov 21,2019, 1:41am

    And then they drop on the pixar "i"

  • My_Shitty_Alter_Ego
    -1 points Nov 21,2019, 11:34am

    That looks like Steve. I'm not sure though.

  • art_is_science
    -4 points Nov 21,2019, 11:55am

    FUCK! YOU! That's my name! You know why, mister? 'Cause you drove a Hyundai to get here tonight, I drove an $80,000 BMW. That's my name!

COMMENTS

  • landahoy56
    868 points Nov 21,2019, 7:35am

    Flexible Track Lighting. I have a similar fixture in my house. I would try Menards for replacement heads - your track seems to resemble the Patriot brand they carry.

  • lonelyinbama
    102 points Nov 21,2019, 7:55am

    Came from Lowe’s, had the same light. Had to keep replacing the lights and eventually just changed the whole fixture because I kept having so many problems

  • IamAdverb
    26 points Nov 21,2019, 7:57am

    This is monorail lighting. George Kovacs makes some very similar sets/kits. I have them in my kitchen and dining room. The track is actually bendable into whatever rounded or curved shape you want.You can find more info at minkagroup . net.

  • TheBoredOhioGuy
    9 points Nov 21,2019, 8:29am

    Commercial/architectural Lighting sales rep here, former EE. The other responses are correct, this is a monorail track. It will be helpful to figure out your manufacturer of the track to make sure you can find a replacement with the right adapter to the track.

    There are plenty of online sites you can get replacement heads (lumens.com, y-lighting, etc). Just google monorail lighting heads and you can find replacements.

    But make sure you know what your power source can handle wattage wise. Should be under one of the canopies. You won’t want to exceed that wattage.

  • zznet
    7 points Nov 21,2019, 8:03am

    That looks like the flexible track like lighting the big box stores sell. Usually it's a boxed set with no accessories available. You may be able to change the glass, but the fixture is possibly proprietary. It looks something like these to me:

    Hampton Bay 10 ft. 5-Light Brushed Steel Line-Voltage Flexible Track Light Kit with Mesh Shadeshttps://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-10-ft-5-Light-Brushed-Steel-Line-Voltage-Flexible-Track-Light-Kit-with-Mesh-Shades-EC9580BA/202051411

  • JrBaconFatKid
    64 points Nov 21,2019, 1:57am

    Lighting engineer here. I'd say by looking at the fixture that it's a non-standard track, and the track heads look like they aren't removable. It's probably an off-the-rack decorative fixture (home depot or something), so you probably won't be able to find any compatible heads. I'd recommend replacing the whole track with something more standardized with a lot of options, like Juno track. Then buy any track heads you want.

  • DCgirl1318
    5 points Nov 21,2019, 8:59am

    Holy crap, are you in my house? That is my ceiling complete with beams, curtains, and track lights 👀

  • Wael_mansour
    7 points Nov 21,2019, 7:34am

    Off topic, but I like your photo, looks confusing at first glance.

  • Lyracuse
    3 points Nov 21,2019, 9:53am

    And here you thought you were asking a simple question, haha. Look how quickly the topic derailed!! I love Reddit.

  • TwoTimesQuick
    5 points Nov 21,2019, 2:37am

    It might make it a lot easier if you could google a company name, model or any kind of numbers/letters, can you find any on the track or lights? Maybe take the fixture off and look in there?

  • rangoranger39
    5 points Nov 21,2019, 7:55am

    Bob

  • ImRickJameXXXX
    2 points Nov 21,2019, 8:45am

    Those things are every where. Swing a dead cat and you will find one

  • RandomizedRedditUser
    2 points Nov 21,2019, 9:58am

    Does the glass come off? It's not terribly difficult to find various sizes of new glass to replace and change the look.

  • JoeB-
    2 points Nov 21,2019, 10:02am

    I have the exact same fixture that I bought at Lowe's around 8 years ago. IIRC, It's made by Portfolio. You'll unlikely be able to find replacement parts. Plan on replacing the entire fixture.

  • drchopsalot
    2 points Nov 21,2019, 10:34am

    Tell me bout them beams tho.

  • Slippytoe
    2 points Nov 21,2019, 12:55pm

    Really you’ll want to replace that with wire track suspension. Still some 12v systems around but I’d steer clear and just get a new LED system although most are more modern looking so it depends what aesthetics you are trying to achieve.

    EDIT: also those fittings pictured are very poor in that they only make a connection as they clamp around the cable and actually pierce into the conductor. Not safe or reliable by today’s standards.

  • friendlycordyceps13
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 8:13am

    This belongs in r/confusing_perspective

  • PreacherDan
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 8:54am

    Holy shit I have the exact same track. Can I buy the lights off you? I can't find replacements anywhere.

  • joevasion
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 8:59am

    I would just replace it with something else, took one of these out recently in someone’s house because we couldn’t find replacements for anything and I just kept messing up

  • derpingUSA
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 9:28am

    Recently learned that there are three standard fits for track light head h,l, and j. https://www.totaltracklighting.com/popular-track-lighting-styles.html If your feeling a little handy the actual tracks and track heads can be pretty cheap and give you lots of options for styles. Installing more track heads are as simple as clip on/off.

  • aeonnzr
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 9:45am

    Lamp :)

  • cessna1466u
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 9:49am

    Yes it’s from Lowe’s we got ours to match their libbe style of lights. The bulbs do go out very often. We’re thinking of replacing it as well

  • RockyMtnGrl
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 9:51am

    What part of the aesthetic are you unhappy with? Just the glass shade? If so, you could modify the fixtures yourself for much less than it would cost to replace all of them... Disassemble one to remove the shade or whichever parts you’re unhappy with, get approximate dimensions for the through-holes that any new parts will need in order to be compatible. Then order parts from some place like www.grandbrass.com to achieve the look you want, and paint them to match your existing fixture.

  • B2MYWIFE
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 9:57am

    Lowe’s has it.

  • TheDeanosaurus
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 10:04am

    WHAT is this ceiling? Is that like paneling over plywood subfloor? I actually love it...

  • urbanblazer
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 10:05am

    Not read the posts but I'm An electrician and it's just track lighting,see if you can find a brand name on it and locate different type fittings or just replace the whole track with new and you have a much greater choice.

  • Hashtag_Nailed_It
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 10:27am

    It looks like there is an ID label on the second light unit in. You can probably find a model number or product ID or something on there

  • eNaRDe
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 10:39am

    I get those on Lowe's for $50 cause they were the floor model. Best purchase I ever made. Regular price is $150 I believe.

  • WrenchNRatchet
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 11:05am

    I know you’re asking about the entire lamp portion, but you could also probably just replace the glass and/or bulbs

  • 000thr0w4w4y000
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 12:10pm

    Can you just change the shell part?

  • purduephotog
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 12:43pm

    Bar light- very popular at Lowes/HomeDepot about 7 years ago.

  • Evermorre
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 12:51pm

    Monorail

  • KoolBlueKat
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 1:25pm

    I have the same lights in my home in 2 places. I got them at Lowes a few years ago. The plastic heads and standoffs are delicate and break easily. Wish I could remember the brand name. May have been Allen + Roth

  • ocean35
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 1:26pm

    That looks old fashioned. Can one still find those in the market?

  • jtmott
    1 points Nov 21,2019, 5:49pm

    Lowe’s sold them, I couldn’t find replacement parts when I broke the plastic cap holding the pieces together.

  • dolgos
    -2 points Nov 21,2019, 7:52am

    I would get rid of the track lighting and find a different solution. Track lighting does not look good

  • aviaang
    0 points Nov 21,2019, 11:03am

    no idea what is going on here but i’m fucking angry

  • Bu1150nparade
    0 points Nov 21,2019, 8:53am

    Could not find nothing at all, nothing at all.....

  • Delusionn
    0 points Nov 21,2019, 12:49pm

    Phteven. Its name is Phteven .

  • Judosii
    -4 points Nov 21,2019, 1:41am

    And then they drop on the pixar "i"

  • My_Shitty_Alter_Ego
    -1 points Nov 21,2019, 11:34am

    That looks like Steve. I'm not sure though.

  • art_is_science
    -4 points Nov 21,2019, 11:55am

    FUCK! YOU! That's my name! You know why, mister? 'Cause you drove a Hyundai to get here tonight, I drove an $80,000 BMW. That's my name!

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#2 Moved into a new place and I'm trying to bleed the radiators. All is well until I came across this one that doesn't have a spot for the radiator key and has this little thing instead.

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COMMENTS

  • selch2169
    1 points Nov 20,2019, 7:18pm

    Ok, hold on. Is this a steam system or a hot water system? Hot water systems need to be bled, steam not so much as it's already just air. That looks like a steam valve to me as I've had both systems. Edit: steam valves release when there's too much pressure, which is what that valve you posted is, I believe.

    As I recall, steam also only has 1 feed pipe and no return, hot water has an in and out.

  • athermalwill
    1 points Nov 20,2019, 7:05pm

    Lightly tap on it with a screwdriver handle while it’s calling for heat. Sometimes they stick and need to be shaken loose. If it works, you will hear the air hissing out.

  • primus48
    1 points Nov 20,2019, 5:38pm

    air vent

COMMENTS

  • selch2169
    1 points Nov 20,2019, 7:18pm

    Ok, hold on. Is this a steam system or a hot water system? Hot water systems need to be bled, steam not so much as it's already just air. That looks like a steam valve to me as I've had both systems. Edit: steam valves release when there's too much pressure, which is what that valve you posted is, I believe.

    As I recall, steam also only has 1 feed pipe and no return, hot water has an in and out.

  • athermalwill
    1 points Nov 20,2019, 7:05pm

    Lightly tap on it with a screwdriver handle while it’s calling for heat. Sometimes they stick and need to be shaken loose. If it works, you will hear the air hissing out.

  • primus48
    1 points Nov 20,2019, 5:38pm

    air vent

  • lethal_smoky
    -3 points Nov 20,2019, 5:38pm

    STOP!

    Hammer time