The Case for Extruded Aluminum Tracks for Flexible LED Lighting Fixtures

You’ve probably seen elegant lighting inside a retail display case or under a fireplace mantle, kitchen cabinets, or granite countertops. Although the fixtures are small and barely noticeable, quite a bit of work goes into creating LED lighting fixture tracks that can fit tight spaces and support highly specialized applications.

Top lighting distributors are well-aware of this and only use the most precisely designed, highest quality LED fixture channels for both commercial and residential clients.

We can extrude channel lengths anywhere from 3 to 20 feet, which can accommodate short and long run applications. These channels can be cut as needed on the job site to ensure proper fit. Flexible LED lighting strips are then installed in those channels and connected to power, which is easily fed into the track.

Minalex is capable of extruding aluminum LED fixture tracks in different shapes and widths with various connecting options depending on the purpose of the lighting. Tracks can be recessed, surface-mounted, pendant-mounted from the ceiling, or designed for installation in drywall or closet rods.

Although some manufacturers offer plastic tubing channels, we recommend aluminum for low-profile LED lighting strip applications. Aluminum is strong, rigid, and lightweight and will dissipate heat, while plastic can get very hot with prolonged use. By dissipating heat, aluminum can also help extend the life of the LED.

Aesthetically, aluminum tracks can be installed with diffusers that eliminate the spotting effect that you sometimes see when LED lights reflect off dark countertops and other reflective materials. Aluminum lighting fixture tracks can also protect lighting from splashes and make cleaning easier.

In many cases, the quality of the LED lighting solution you provide is only as good as the fixture track in which the lighting is installed. If you’d like to discuss how extruded aluminum channels from Minalex can enhance the lighting solutions you offer to commercial or residential clients, contact us today to schedule a consultation.


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Specifications

We extrude and supply aluminum profiles up to 3.500 inches (8.89 cm) in diameter and miniature sections as small as 0.003 inches (0.076 mm) for micro applications.

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Alloys

Minalex alloys are sourced in North America and feature a number of series, including alloy 1100, 3003, 6063, 6463 and 6061.

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Capabilities

Our capabilities include Lbs/Ft <= 1.500, kg/m <= 2.2322; Sections >= 0.003 in, >= 0.076 mm; and circle size, <= 3.500 in. <= 8.890 cm.

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