Track lighting is a versatile lighting solution which allows for multiple lights to be used as part of a complete scheme. Track lighting can be used in settings all around the home, from kitchens to bedrooms, hallways and living spaces. Track is typically available in white or black, with white being the more popular as it blends easily with most ceilings.
There are three different installation options for white track lighting; surface mounting, recessed or suspended. Surface mounting is the simplest method, as track is attached directly to the ceiling surface. Installing recessed track, where the track sits flush with the ceiling, is more complex, and is not compatible with all ceiling materials. Suspended track uses adjustable wires to bring the light level down from the ceiling, either because the ceilings are high, or to provide a low-hanging feature over a fixture or piece of furniture, such as a dining table or kitchen island.
Track is available in a variety of lengths, and accessories can be used to create any configuration or size required, joining tracks at corners, cross-sections or T junctions.
One of the most popular locations to install track in the home are kitchens. Kitchens serve several roles, and are often social as well as functional spaces. White track lighting in the kitchen can work to provide accent, task and general ambient light in one solution. Track can be used as part of an overall scheme alongside other ceiling, wall or table lights. For example, a bedroom may use pendants for general ambient light, table lights on bedside units and track lighting to illuminate a closet.
Track lights attach to the track and can be positioned wherever you want the light to be placed, generally at intervals of around a metre. White track lights are the most popular. They typically use LEDs, which offer excellent quality of light as well as being highly energy efficient. LEDs have a long lifespan, which minimises maintenance.
As well as configuring the track to suit your space, track lights offer further variables to help customise your ideal solution. These options include different beam angles, colour temperatures and wattages.
The beam angle of a track light determines how widely or narrowly focused the beam of light from the fitting will be. A narrow beam angle will give a narrower beam of light that can provide task or accent lighting. A wide beam angle produces an ambient, wall wash effect.
The colour temperature of a track light helps set the ambience. A warm colour temperature gives a cozy light, similar to fire or candlelight. A cool colour temperature provides brighter light which is closer to natural daylight. Track lighting is often dimmable, allowing the light level to be adjusted according to the time of day, tasks being carried out and the desired ambience.