Track lighting is a versatile and highly customisable lighting solution which can be used in a wide range of settings around the home, as well as in commercial spaces such as offices or retail stores.
Industrial style is a type of decor that takes inspiration from the stripped-back approach of a factory, warehouse or similar industrial space. Industrial style homes or commercial spaces often have exposed architectural features in brick, metal, wood or similar raw, rustic materials. The look became popular with the conversion of commercial properties for residential use, as the style reflects the building’s history. Industrial track lighting can perfectly complement this style of decor.
Industrial track lighting may be surface mounted, recessed or suspended. Surface mounting track, where track is attached directly to the ceiling surface, is the simplest and most popular method of installation. Recessed track is set into the ceiling to sit flush with the ceiling surface, and this a more complex installation method. It is not suitable for some ceiling materials, such as concrete, which may often be present in industrial style buildings.
Suspending track uses wires to bring the light level down from the ceiling. Wires are adjustable so track can be hung at your preferred height. This option works well for industrial spaces which may have high or vaulted ceilings. Suspended track can also be a decorative feature.
Track is usually available in black and white, with various lengths available. Black track may be the more common choice to complement an industrial style. Track accessories can allow lengths to be joined together at corners, cross-sections or T junctions, to create any size or configuration required.
Kitchens are one of the most common locations in the home for industrial track lighting. Track can provide the blend of ambient light, task light and accent light in one complete solution. Industrial track lighting is also a popular choice for large, open plan living spaces, helping divide the space into zones for relaxing, eating or entertaining.
Industrial track lighting uses LEDs, allowing your ideal solution to be customised with options that include different beam angles, colour temperatures and wattages. Narrow beam angles can provide task light or accent artwork or architectural features. A wide beam angle will give an ambient, wall wash effect.
The atmosphere of the space can be controlled through the choice of colour temperature. Warm colour temperatures, around 3000K, give a cozy light that is similar to fire or candlelight. A cool colour temperature of around 5000K will give a brighter light which is closer to natural daylight. Track lighting is often dimmable, so the light level can be adjusted according to the time of day and the desired ambience.
As well as offering this flexibility and high quality of light output, LEDs are extremely energy efficient and have a long lifespan.