Track lighting can provide versatile lighting solutions which allow multiple lights to be fitted with simple installation. Using track accessories, track can be fitted together to provide square track lighting.
Square track lighting can be used in a wide variety of settings around the home, or for commercial spaces such as a retail store or gallery. Track is available in a range of lengths and a joiner or connector can be used to create square track lighting of any dimensions. There are a number of connector types which can join straight lengths of track to create longer sides, and corner connectors to create the right angles needed for a square configuration.
Square track lighting can be ceiling mounted, suspended or recessed depending on the setting, preference and ceiling material. Surface mounting track to the ceiling offers the simplest installation. You can even surface mount square track lighting to a drop ceiling, or on exposed beams. Recessing track sets the track into the ceiling, flush with the ceiling surface. This is more complicated to install and is not suitable for all ceiling materials, such as concrete.
If you have a high ceiling, a vaulted ceiling or a sloped ceiling, you may prefer to suspend track to bring the light level down. A suspension kit will include adjustable suspension wires. Suspended track can be a good alternative to hanging pendants, which may be problematic to install on a sloped ceiling.
The most common type of track lighting is line voltage, meaning it draws 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, but if you are creating square track lighting you can use track with a middle power feed. Low voltage systems require a transformer. There are some track kits available which require no hard wiring and are supplied with plug to simply be powered through a regular socket.
Square track lighting can provide a flexible solution for lighting in a garage, bedroom, hallway or living room. In a modern living area, a number of square tracks can break the room into areas for relaxation, dining or work. As a guide, the track distance from a wall is ideally around 1 metre, but you can find an online design guide which will help with ideas for suitable layouts for your own space. One of the most common applications for track lighting is in the kitchen, where popular uses are over a kitchen island or in a walk-in storage space.
A light fixture which mounts to the track is referred to as a track lighting head. These may use halogen or LED bulbs, such as GU10 lamps. Modern track systems typically use LEDs 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 options for a decorative design 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 have existing track systems, it may be possible to update it with replacement heads or replacement bulbs using LED light bulbs, but you should check carefully as not all track lighting is universal.