Track lighting is a versatile lighting solution for a wide variety of commercial and domestic settings, which allows you to install a number of fixtures with one installation. Track lighting can vary in style, and it’s possible to create a unique rustic track lighting scheme to suit rustic decor.
The best installation method for rustic track lighting depends on your ceiling height and material, as well as personal preference. Track can be surface mounted, recessed or suspended. Surface mounting offers the easiest option for installing rustic ceiling track lighting, and is the most common installation method. Track can even be mounted on a sloped ceiling, where it may be difficult to install pendants.
Rustic flush mount track lighting will keep the ceiling uncluttered, and is great for creating a modern rustic look. However, installation is more complex and this option isn’t suitable for some ceiling materials.
If you have a vaulted ceiling, for example in a rustic lodge or cabin, you may want to suspend track. This method uses adjustable wires to hang track at your desired height. As well as being a functional way of lowering the light level where ceiling heights are high, using suspended track on a regular height ceiling can give a decorative feature over a kitchen island or dining room table. Suspended track can also provide uplighting, where surface and flush mount options direct light downwards.
Track lighting is available in a range of lengths and joiner accessories allow you to create a track system of different sizes and shapes. This makes track a highly customisable solution for a wide variety of settings around the home, from an entryway to the kitchen or living room. Track can also be used to create a zone within a room, for example separating areas for relaxation, dining and working within an open plan living space.
The light fixtures which attach to the track are called track lighting heads. This can vary hugely in style, from straightforward spotlights to unusual, vintage designs. If you are creating a rustic track lighting scheme, there are a wide range of track lighting heads to suit your decor, whether you have a traditional farmhouse or a more industrial space. You could opt for fixtures which use natural materials such as timber, or select a rustic metal or galvanised finish. There are numerous finishes available, from nickel to black or bronze.
Standard track lighting comes in linear lengths, so if you are looking for track which can be curved or made into a circular form, you may want to consider monorail track lighting. This uses flexible rails and also has the benefit that it can be used with both pendants and track lighting heads. You could combine track heads with rustic glass lantern pendants, for example. Monorail is low voltage so requires a transformer.
Rustic track lighting heads typically use a halogen or LED light bulb, such as a GU10. An LED globe is recommended, for energy efficiency, long lifespan and excellent quality of light. LED globes in a warm white colour temperature (around 3000K) create a warm and inviting environment and opting for dimmable LEDs allows you to adjust lights according to the time of day and desired ambience.
Track lighting kits can offer an easy way to purchase rustic track lighting, with all the components needed for a complete solution.