Linear track lighting is a customisable lighting solution which allows multiple lights to be fitted to a track with simple installation. Linear track lighting can be ceiling mounted, suspended or recessed depending on the setting and preference.
Linear track is available in a variety of lengths and is adaptable for a wide range of applications. By using joiners, track can be fitted together in a variety of shapes and sizes. This makes track lighting a versatile solution suitable for domestic or commercial applications.
Popular settings within the home for installing linear track lighting are living areas, an office or the kitchen. It can be used as a complete solution or as part of an overall lighting scheme alongside other fixtures such as decorative pendants. A linear track lighting installation could be a run of several metres along a hallway, or a miniature system to illuminate a closet.
Surface or ceiling mounting linear track lighting offers the easiest installation. Recessing track sets it into the ceiling, so it is flush with the ceiling surface. This is more complex to install and isn’t suitable for all ceiling materials, for example concrete. Suspending track can help to bring the light level down in spaces with high or vaulted ceilings. It can also be used over a kitchen island or over a table to provide a decorative feature. Suspension wires are adjustable so lights can be hung at your preferred height.
Linear track lighting is usually line voltage, meaning they draw directly from a mains power feed. This electrical connection usually enters at the end of a length of track, referred to as an end power feed.
A light fixture which mounts to the linear track is referred to as a track lighting head. These heads may use halogen or LED bulbs. LEDs are recommended as the best option, for their energy efficiency, long lifespan and excellent quality of light. Black or white finishes are the most common for track lighting heads, but there are more decorative options in brushed nickel, brass, or gold to suit your decor.
LED globes offer a choice of colour temperatures and lumen outputs. Many LED spotlights will be dimmable, giving the flexibility to dim the lights depending on the time of day and desired ambience.
If you are unsure how to choose linear track lighting and compatible track lighting heads, there are high quality kits which contain the components you will need for a complete solution. These will typically have instructions on how to install the system.