Track lighting is a versatile lighting solution which allows for multiple lights to be used as part of a complete scheme. Track lighting can be used in settings all around the home, from kitchens to bedrooms, hallways and living spaces. Track is typically available in white or black. Black track lighting offers a more striking contrast to white ceilings and is also popular for industrial style spaces.
Black track lighting may be surface mounted, recessed or suspended. Surface mounting is the simplest method, where track is attached directly to the ceiling surface. Recessed track sets the track into the ceiling, to sit flush with the ceiling surface. Installation is more complex, and this method is not compatible with some ceiling materials, such as concrete. Suspended track uses adjustable wires to bring the light level down from the ceiling. This might be desirable if the ceilings are high, or suspended track lighting can provide a low-hanging decorative feature over a fixture or piece of furniture, such as a dining table or kitchen island.
Track is available in a variety of lengths, typically in multiples of a metre, and accessories can be used to create any configuration or size required, joining tracks at corners, cross-sections or T junctions.
Kitchens are a common and popular location for installation of track lighting. Black track lighting in the kitchen can work to provide accent, task and general ambient light in one solution, catering to the multiple uses of a kitchen as a functional and social space. Track also works well as part of an overall lighting scheme alongside other ceiling, wall or table lights. In a bedroom, for example, decorative pendants could provide general ambient light, and track lighting can be used to illuminate a closet.
Track lights attach to the track and can be positioned wherever you want the light to be placed. There are black and white track lights, to complement or contrast your preferred black or white track. Track lights typically use LEDs, which have a long lifespan, minimising maintenance. They offer excellent quality of light as well as being highly energy efficient.
As well as configuring the track to suit your space, your ideal solution can be customised with track light options that include different beam angles, colour temperatures and wattages.
The beam angle of a track light determines how widely or narrowly focused the beam of light from the fitting will be, whether a narrow beam angle to give a narrower beam of light, or a wide beam angle that produces an ambient, wall wash effect.
The colour temperature of a track light helps set the ambience. Warm colour temperatures, around 3000K, give a cozy light that is similar to fire or candlelight. A cool colour temperature, around 5000K, provides brighter light which is closer to natural daylight. Track lighting is often dimmable, which means the light level can be adjusted according to the time of day, tasks being carried out and the desired ambience.