Track Lighting 101: The First Installment

Track Lighting 101: The First Installment

track lighting Track lighting has been around for decades, but recently this type of lighting design has proven to be incredibly useful, practical and adaptable which is one of the main reasons that track lighting has grown considerably. Few people, however, don’t know about or understand track lighting and how it can be one of the best lighting solutions for a home or office. It’s versatility is amazing and it’s honestly one of my favorite types of lighting. You can have the smallest space with no real “glam” to it, but by installing track lighting that small space will transform considerably.

Throughout this blog post I want to discuss track lighting and just how it can and should be used in a space.

When You Should Opt to Use Track Lighting: A Quick Lesson

  • Consider using track lighting when adjustable lighting is required (i.e. showcasing art work, task lighting within the kitchen over an island, etc.). If the focal points in the area move often, track lighting is probably the best bet for that particular space. Restaurants and art on walls typically use track lighting for this very reason.
  • Track lighting is a great for accent and task lighting, rather than for general illumination. Linear lighting systems are not very suitable to light an entire room, so most spaces, regardless of whether it’s your kitchen or living room, will require a great balance of task and accent lighting, in addition to ambient lighting.
  • Track lights are great additions to areas that are lacking when it comes to points of power – track lighting can be powered from a single junction box. If you’re remodeling, track lighting is also an easy way to add more light to the room without having to install ceiling lights or wall lighting options by an electrician.

I personally love the way track lighting looks – it can completely transform a space. You don’t have to prefer a “modern” style within your home to enjoy tracks, either, as they will suit any decor from Victorian to Old Country, Minimalism and Modern.

 

Take the image below, for instance. This country kitchen has installed track lighting above, so you’ll see that track lighting can work for any type of decor, it simply depends on the fixtures you opt to use.

Track lighting can be installed anywhere, regardless of your preferred style. Take this "Country Kitchen", for example.

Track lighting can be installed anywhere, regardless of your preferred style. Take this “Country Kitchen”, for example.

Question: How Does Track Lighting Work?

Despite their look, track lighting systems are quite simple — and they aren’t too difficult to install, either. Once you choose the track lighting fixtures that are perfect for your individual space, bolts will need to be placed into studs, but the weight of most systems will allow them to be installed into sheet rock or plaster.

When you’re planning an installation where the system will be attached directly to the ceiling, it’s important to remember that the track must run beneath a junction box where it will connect to power via a power feed canopy. I’m sure many of you don’t have any idea what that is – canopy is a term for the connecting component that attractively covers the point of power. Floating canopies may be installed at any point along the track while other power connecting hardware must be installed at the end of a track run.

It sounds more complex than it really is. The installation of track lighting isn’t too difficult, and if you’re remodeling your home, your contractor can easily help you with such a thing.

In our next blog I will discuss the difference between line voltage track lighting and low voltage track lighting, and how you can go about choosing the best option for your needs. If you need any assistance with purchasing a track lighting system, don’t hesitate to reach out to our sales professionals – they are available 24/7.