When was track lighting invented?
In the 1960's, Lightolier introduced residential tracking lighting to market. Since then, they have become a leader in effeciant energy savings dimming controls. Lightolier remained the only track lighting company for many years offering only a few options on their design. During the 70's Halo lighting came out with a track lighting system that was half the cost of Lightolier. They offered a plethora of different fixtures, different finishes, and for the first time home lighting was not dependant upon where an electrician installed a junction box.
Track lighting saw a tremendous amount of changes and options until the early 1990's when Track lighting was revolutionized again by an upstart company named Tech. Lighting. Out of a small shop on Rush st. in Chicago's Northside, Tech Lighting introduced the low voltage monorail and cable rail systems.
The first Tech lighting clients were upper scale home and business owners who found themselves having to tackle the obsticle of creating effective lighitng for buildings with strict electrical codes. Many of Techs first clients were designers contracted to restore Meis Van Der Roh historical landmark buildings, Chicago Stockyard city landmarks, and Frank Lyod Wright Historical homes. Tech devised a way to connect the track into a junction box, and by using a bendable rail material, they could make curves which virtually gave the designer a limetless amount of options. This process also limeted the amount of retro-fit and remodeling that would be perfomred on these pricessless Historical buildings.
Soon after, Tech lighting helped to reintroduce the Italian Murano Glass pendants which have become a standard in design for less expense cheap knock off brands.
The future of Track lighting has never been more exciting, with pendant options, barndoors for track heads, a variety of bulb options, and even florescent energy effeciant lighting. Track lighting has taken the power of lighting a home out of the hands of the electrican, and put it into the hands of the homeowner.