Track lighting offers a versatile lighting solution which allows you to install a number of fixtures on one system. Track lighting is available in a range of styles, and vintage track lighting is an example of how track can be tailored to suit different types of decor.
There are several installation methods for track lighting depending on your ceiling height, ceiling material and preference. Track can be surface mounted, recessed or suspended. Surface mounting is the most straight-forward and common installation option. Track can be mounted on a dropped ceiling, on sloped ceilings or even on beams.
Recessed vintage track lighting is set into the ceiling to sit flush with the surface. This keeps the ceiling clear and uncluttered, but installation is more complex. If you have a vaulted ceiling or high ceiling, you may want to suspend track. A suspension kit will include adjustable wires to hang track at your desired height. Suspending track lowers the light level, and it can also be a decorative feature used over a kitchen island or dining room table.
Track lighting is available in a range of lengths, and joiner accessories allow you to create track systems of different shapes and dimensions. Connector types such as an L connector or T connector can join straight lengths at corners to create right angles or T shapes. This makes track a customisable solution suitable for a variety of commercial and domestic settings, from a retail store or gallery to a bedroom, bathroom or even a garage. One of the most popular placements for track in the home is in the kitchen.
Linear track lighting are usually mains voltage, with an electrical connection to the junction box, and power entering the track through an end power feed. If you want an even simpler installation, with no wiring, it’s possible to buy track lighting kits that plugs into an outlet. These track lighting systems with a plug can be controlled directly by a switch on the track or sometimes with a remote.
The fixtures which attach to the track are called track lighting heads. As a rough design guide, you should allow one fixture per metre of track, but this depends on your setting and preference. Track heads vary hugely in style, with options ranging from straightforward black or white spotlights to vintage designs. There are a wide range of track lighting heads to suit vintage decor, such as gold or glass shades.
If you are looking for track which can be curved or made into a circular form, you may want to consider monorail track lighting as an alternative. This uses flexible rails and also has the benefit that it can be used with both hanging pendants and track lighting heads. Monorail is low voltage so requires a transformer.
Vintage style track lighting heads will usually use halogen or LED light bulbs, such as a GU10. LED globes are recommended for their energy efficiency, long lifespan and excellent quality of light. Modern LEDs can still give a vintage appearance. 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.
For a complete solution, track lighting kits can provide all of the components needed for a finished system.