Track lighting is a versatile lighting solution which can be used around the home. Basement track lighting is a practical option for lighting a space with little or no natural light.
Basement track lighting can be surface mounted, recessed or suspended. The most suitable installation method to choose depends on the ceiling height, ceiling material and personal preference.
The simplest and most popular method of installation is surface mounting, where the track is attached directly to the ceiling surface. This is a low profile and unobtrusive option. Surface mounting may be the best choice if the basement is used mainly as a functional space such as for laundry or storage, and not as a living area, especially as basements often have relatively low ceilings.
Recessing track sets it into the ceiling, to sit flush with the ceiling surface. This leaves the ceiling clear and uncluttered, and might be your preference if your basement is a living space, particularly if the decor is contemporary in style. However, installation of recessed track is more complex and this method is not suitable for some ceiling materials, such as concrete.
Track can also be suspended, by using adjustable wires to bring the lighting level down from the ceiling, usually in spaces with high or vaulted ceilings. This is less likely to apply when you are planning basement track lighting.
Track is available in a variety of lengths, with white and black being the most common finishes. Track accessories can be used to join lengths together at corners, cross-sections or T junctions, creating any size or configuration of track layout required. Track lights can be placed to direct light exactly where it is needed, whatever the use of your basement.
Track lighting uses LEDs, which give the flexibility to tailor a track solution to your exact requirements. LED track lights are available in a choice of beam angles, colour temperatures and wattages.
If your basement is used as a functional space, LEDs with a cool colour temperature of around 5000K will provide a clear and bright light. If your basement is used as a living space, LEDs with a warm colour temperature, around 3000K, will give a cozy light that is similar to fire or candlelight, ideal for relaxing and entertaining.