Lighting is one of the most important aspects of interior design and often the most overlooked. Track lighting is a cost-effective, attractive, and simple way to enhance your home’s lighting scheme and overall design. Along with being functional, stylish, and versatile, track lighting is easy to install and requires minimal alteration to your ceiling and drywall. From highlighting your favorite framed photos and artwork to transforming your kitchen into a functional and stylish workspace, track lights are a perfect choice.
Benefits of Track Lighting
1. Versatile Application
Track lights can be used to illuminate every space from a dark hallway to an office, to a cozy living room, or highlight beautiful artwork and family photos. There is no specific function or place for track lighting; with endless applications, they’re an easy choice for any room in your home.
2. Non-Invasive Installation
One of the biggest benefits of track lighting is its easy installation. If you are using tracks to replace an existing light fixture, no complex installations or new electrical boxes are required. This simple upgrade allows you to increase the light in your room dramatically without difficult electrical work or cutting into your ceiling.
3. Simple to Adjust
Track lighting allows you to make a number of quick and easy changes to your lighting environment. For instance, if you redecorate and move your centerpiece dining room table, you can also adjust your track heads along the length of the track to better illuminate your new setup.
4. Perfect for LED Bulbs
When it comes to selecting bulbs for your track fixture, LEDs are your best option. Lighting experts strongly recommended using LED bulbs with track lights because they are available in various beam spreads, lumens, sizes, and color temperatures. LED bulbs are most important when highlighting artwork because their low heat output will prevent damage to valued art.
Lasting up to 50,000 hours with 70 percent savings in energy cost, LED bulbs are the future of lighting. Switch to LED bulbs for a long-lasting light source that will save you money without compromising on light-output or style.
5. The Best Size for Every Home
Tracks are available in lengths of 2, 4, 6, and 8 feet and can be connected or cut to create any length. To further accommodate the needs of your home, track heads are produced in a wide range of sizes. For lower ceilings, it is best to opt for a sleek, small track head, and for high or vaulted ceilings, large, powerful track heads are recommended
6. Customizable Style
With so many varieties of track lights, from minimalist to eccentric, you’re certain to find a style that fits your personal taste. Contrary to preconceptions, track lighting does not have to be clunky, outdated spotlights or industrial tracks often seen in retail locations. The vast selection of track lighting options includes sleek track heads and pendants that are easy to incorporate into any home.
Types of Tracks and Fixtures
Linear Tracks: Linear tracks are simple, straight-lined tracks. These practical tracks are the most commonly used and can accommodate a number of lights.
Flexible Track: Flexible tracks, or rails, can be adjusted into curved or circular shapes, making them ideal for uniquely structured rooms.
Flexible Rail Kit, Track Pendants by WAC Lighting
Track Heads: Track heads are the conventional fixture choice for track lighting because of their sleek, versatile style and range of function. Available in multiple finishes, shapes, and styles with beam-spread ranging from a wide 60-degree flood to a narrow 10-degree spotlight, track heads provide powerful functionality without sacrificing personal style.
For an on-trend look, we recommend a small, sleek track head.
Track Pendants: Track pendants are an ornate alternative to track heads that create a warm, inviting aesthetic. Each pendant attaches onto a down rod that can be easily installed onto the track of your choice. Pendants range from sleek metal to elegant art glass, suiting a dynamic range of personal styles.
Layering Lights with Track Lighting
Layered lighting is a critical element of interior design that is used to compose a pleasant and sophisticated look throughout a home. The three layers – ambient, accent, and task lighting – work together to create a beautiful, functional, and safe living space. We’ll help you understand how to use layered lighting and look like a design expert in 3 quick steps:
1. Fill the Room with Ambient Lighting
Ambient lighting, or your general all-purpose light, provides a base level of illumination. Track lights, chandeliers, flush or semi-flush ceiling lights, and recessed lighting can be all be used to create ambient lighting.
A common mistake is to stop at this stage because ambient lighting provides enough light to see and move about your home comfortably. This is how a room is left with lighting that seems to lack a mood and atmosphere.
2. Highlight Points of Interest with Accent Lighting
Accent lighting is instrumental in transforming a room into a unique and intimate space by highlighting decorative elements. Track lights are the perfect fixture choice for ambient lighting due to their versatility and multidirectional capability. From a single track with carefully positioned track heads, you can highlight artwork, the texture of a fireplace, and other areas of interest throughout the room.
For additional layers, you can also mix track heads and pendants onto a single track fixture to create further dynamic lighting.
3. Create Functionality with Task Lighting
Task lighting provides extra illumination over work areas like your kitchen counter or desk to minimize eye strain and maximize safety. Track lighting works great for this layer because each light’s focus is directional and adjustable. For best results, position multiple track heads to shine over the same area which will provide a bright and evenly-lit workspace.
Pro Tip: Create Multiple Layers of Light from a Single Track
Track heads and pendants can be used together to create a custom look and layered lighting effect. For best results, consider creating a two-circuit track by installing a second switch wall switch to control pendants and track heads separately. Your pendants will provide a soft ambient glow while the track heads accent features of interest. Combined, these two track fixtures result in a dynamic and expert-level way to style track lighting and incorporate layered lighting into your home.
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Applications for Track Lighting
1. Transform Your Hallway into an Art Gallery
There’s a reason that track lighting is favored by the best galleries and museums: it provides a nice, even source of light that can flood a wall or focus on a single piece of art. Mount track lights 18 to 24 incense away from the wall you’re trying to illuminate, to create a soft, attractive glow. Position the track lights at a 30-degree angle from the wall, adding five degrees if the piece is large, or subtracting five degrees if you wish to highlight the texture of the artwork. Then, decide on the intensity of the light by assessing the lighting of the rest of the space: typically, you want to light the artwork so that it appears three times as bright as the rest of the room. Your home doesn’t have to be the Museum of Contemporary Art for you to use track lighting to add a stylish flair to your hallway. Whether the artwork you’re highlighting is a priceless Picasso or simply a treasured photo, applying track lighting to your home will be the perfect way to make them stand out.
2. Accent Unique Room Features and Displays
Track lights make for the perfect accent lighting. They’re a dramatic way to visually call attention some of your home’s most beautiful features according to interior designer Kenneth Winged. Imagine a living room with a cozy brick fireplace and coffee table adorned with travel souvenirs. Set up track lights above and fill it with bulbs that have a narrow to medium flood as well as a few spotlights to provide both ambient and accent lighting. Positioning the narrow to medium bulbs to wash over the fireplace while singing a spotlight down on your coffee table, your track lighting will highlight everything from a display cabinet filled with a lifetime’s worth of Pez containers to a grand piano. Track lighting is the easiest way to make all of your favorite things absolutely eye-catching.
3. Appeal to Your Inner Master Chef with Kitchen Task Lighting
Professional chefs don’t chop onions on dimly-lit counters, and neither should you. Track lighting is a popular source of task lighting and is particularly useful in kitchen workspaces due to its powerful, multidirectional capabilities. Mount a track of lights from the ceiling and aim it right at your cutting board. Use track lighting over your kitchen island to add a row of overhead pendants or spotlights. When choosing the placement of your track lighting, be sure to avoid unsightly shadows by using a cross-lighting technique: simply shine two or more light fixtures onto your kitchen island.
4. Dress up a Low-Ceilinged Room
Low ceilings are the bane of lighting design. Ceiling fixtures tend to draw the eye downwards, making the ceiling appear even lower and creating a claustrophobic feel. Track lights are the perfect solution to this problem. Because tracks are thin and subtle, they don’t add any excess depth to the ceiling, rather, the strategic use of a flexible track shaped into soft curves can actually raise the eye up, creating the illusion of a higher ceiling. To construct a sense of greater height in a low-ceilinged room it is best to pair flexible tracks with small track heads, this design trick will double as a stylish touch of décor.
Your Perfect Track Lighting System
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