Kitchen Track Lighting
Kitchen track lighting has come
a long way in recent years. Long gone are the days of plain white
tracks with plain white fixtures. The selection nowadays is amazing.
The tracks can be curved,
straight, and even flexible to conform to any shape you desire. The
heads also have a large selection, from pendants to stained glass.
Kitchen track lighting lost
some of it's luster in the past but with the options available today
it's easy to see how they've come back into style. There is a style for
every kitchen. If you want a nice rustic style light, or a modern
contemporary style, it's out there. Long gone are the days of gaudy
style tracks and fixtures, and in come the days of modern lines and
Updating Existing Lighting:
you're in the market for a simple upgrade without having to rip your
ceiling down, a kitchen track light might be right up your alley. You
can use, in most cases, the existing electrical boxes to install track
lighting for kitchen spaces. Do keep in mind some of the low voltage
lighting has a somewhat large transformer that needs to fit into the
Types Of Track Lights:
lighting is energy efficient and the fixtures themselves can get quite
small. If you're not looking for a light that takes up a lot of "eye
real estate", an LED lighting system may be just what you need. LED
bulbs also last for a looooong time, most have a minimum lifespan of
50,000 hours. That's equal to leaving the light on for 2083 days
straight, or 5.7 years.
lighting is also a great way to save money on electricity as these
bulbs have a lifespan of 20,000 hours, and use up to 15 watts of
electricity. Fluorescent lights emit a white light instead of the
yellowish light of incandescent bulbs. This can change the feel of your
kitchen as some colors don't go well with fluorescent lights. CFL's
also cannot be dimmed, keep this in mind as well.
lights come in both low voltage and line voltage configurations.
Halogen lights are much easier on the eyes, when compared to
incandescent bulbs, and give a lot more light per watt.
- Low Voltage
voltage track kits use a transformer to step down the household current
of 120 volts to a much lower current, most to 30 volts. These lights
can also come in sizes that are quite small, so you can have more of
them without overpowering the room.
- Line Voltage
voltage tracks have standard household current going the fixtures. This
style track is generally much less expensive than it's low voltage
counterpart, because there is no transformer.
Kitchen Track Lighting Styles:
- Rustic Kitchen Track Lights
lights in track form are great for the country kitchen. You can get
hammered copper, tin, or a selection of other metals. You can also get
designs cut into the fixture itself, like Elk and Deer. A rustic
kitchen with exposed beams would benefit greatly from a track system.
lights also come in track form. Designer tracks do not necessarily mean
they come from a specific designer, it means they are not your ordinary
type of light. Most designers use a standard rail but make a custom or
limited edition fixture that goes with it.
Lighting, In Track Form
tracks are great for a transitional or contemporary kitchen.
Contemporary lights are sleek and non complex. Modern lights are also
considered contemporary lights.
- Decorative Lights
lights are not only the traditional lights that attach to the ceiling
but also include pendants, and ceiling track lights that replace the
single, center of the room, lighting fixture.
- Track Lighting Fixture
fixtures can be replaced, or updated, with newer styles. There are some
things to keep in mind when selecting a new fixture.
The Different Track Designs:
In Track Lighting
in track lighting is a good alternative if you don't have a dedicated
wire available but need some extra light. The light simply plugs into a
tracks often hang a few inches from the ceiling and adds a little
something extra to dress up the ceiling area. The ceiling in a lot of
homes is plain and in need of something to spruce it up a bit, and a
curved track is an excellent way to accomplish this.
Track Lighting System
tracks? Yup, you can now get a flexible track that you can bend into
shape. If you have an area that is kind of dark but at an odd angle you
can bend the track to get some light into that area, or simply create a
personal design, it's up to you!
- Cable Track System
kitchen track lights are different to say the least. These operate by
installing the fixtures between two cables. This is a more elaborate
setup and does look good but it does take up a lot of space. On the
other hand the flexibility of the lighting plan is infinite.
- Monorail Track System
systems are commonly low voltage, and the flexibility in design is
huge. These also come in the flexible style, so the shape is not set in
stone. The fixtures themselves can also be moved quite easily to
accommodate changing floor plans.
That's a lot to choose from. The styles, designs, fixtures, and tracks
themselves have all come a long way in the looks department. Just take
your time and try to find the perfect lighting system you can, the
selection is amazing but there is always one that fits perfectly into
your kitchen style.