Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Development of Track Lighting Fixture:HID Track Fixture Development(ST4621-1)

Edison Price Lighting, Inc.


Merchandise in retail stores is typically lighted by incandescent light sources. New federal regulations have banned the use of incandescent sources in many applications and, as a result, several new light sources are coming on the market, including the PAR 30 metal halide lamp. This project was intended to develop a family of track fixtures to optimize the use of this lamp. Metal halide lamps are part of a group of light sources known as high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, which are used in a wide range of commercial and industrial lighting applications. HID lamps produce light when current passes through a gas at a relatively high pressure. In addition to metal halide, HID lamps include mercury and high-pressure sodium. The lamps are used for applications requiring substantial light output, long reliable life, and high efficiency.

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Project Description

The contractor completed initial engineering to determine product features; designed, developed, and prototype-tested the fixture; evaluated ballast/lamp compatibility; and developed final designs and specifications. The contractor also designed, tested, and put into operation the production line; developed final packaging and a marketing strategy; and undertook an initial pilot manufacturing run. The fixtures can accommodate the metal halide PAR 30 and PAR 38 lamps (spot and flood lamps).


The fixtures use 39-, 70- and 100-watt metal halide lamps with a life as long as 9,000 hours, so they require less frequent re-lamping than their incandescent alternatives. They also provide three to four times the lumen output per watt, and provide significant energy and labor savings over the life of their installation.

Project Results

The miniaturization of the Aeromat metal halide electronic ballast enabled the contractor to design and produce an elegant track fixture with a very slim profile. The fixtures are expected to be installed in offices, retail establishments, and public spaces, being designed to offer the flexibility needed in many lighting applications. The fixture is marketed throughout New York State and the U.S. by sales representatives for Edison Price Lighting.


Edison Price Lighting, Inc.
41-50 22nd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

Principle Investigator

Richard (Rick) Shaver

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Building Systems
Other Lumination

NYSERDA Contact Information

Marsha Walton


R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST4621-1

Last Updated: 2/4/2014 3