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Pros and Cons of Track Lighting

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Pros and Cons of Track Lighting

Homeowners today have a seemingly endless amount of options when it comes to lighting their homes. There are lamps, chandeliers, LED lights, energy efficient lights, and on and on and on. One very popular option that many homeowners choose is track lighting.


According to the website, track lighting is “a method of lighting where light fixtures are attached anywhere on a continuous track device which contains electrical conductors.” You may be accustomed to seeing track lights at museums or over pieces of art, but they can be used inside private homes, too.


If you are considering track lighting for your home, you should learn as much as you can about it first to decide whether or not it’s right for you.

  1. Because it’s mounted from above, track lighting can take up less room than other kinds of light sources.

    1.Pro: Space saver

    Because it’s mounted from above, track lighting can take up less room than other kinds of light sources. While earlier models of track lights were bulky and cumbersome, more recent styles are much smaller and lightweight. Track lights are also handy if you are faced with a room where there aren’t many power sources. Instead of linking a lot of different light sources into a lot of different power sources, you are powering multiple sources at just one electrical outlet.

  2. 2.Pro: Versatile

    With some track lighting systems, you can choose which direction you want the lights to point in. You can also play around with how many lights you want on the track and how they are spaced. Also, not all lighting tracks are linear. You can get lights that zig-zag or even lights that curve and loop. The versatility that track lights can give you is great if you have certain features or pieces of art in your home that you want to highlight.

  3. 3.Pro: Easy to install

    Track lights are pretty easy for the average homeowners to mount and use by themselves. They require only a basic knowledge of electrical wiring. Of course, if you prefer not to do it yourself, the ease with which they can be installed means that your contractor is in and out of your home in no time.

  5. 4.Con: Lights can’t operate independently

    The lights mounted on the track cannot operate independently, so you only have a limited amount of flexibility when using track lights. That means you can’t choose to turn on just one or two and then leave the rest off. It also means you can’t use them all at different levels of dimness or brightness.

  6. 5.Con: Poor source of “all-over” light

    Track lights are great highlighting lights – they provide concentrated light to a series of specific points. For that same reason, they are not so good when trying to light a room overall. So, if you are designing a study, track lights are great at providing decorative highlights for your bookshelves or paintings on the wall, they’re not so good for actually reading and studying. You’ll need another light source for that.


    Variety is the spice of light, but it can also leave you frustrated, confused and overwhelmed. Read up on different light sources – either online or in decorating and home improvement magazines. Educating yourself is the best way to get exactly what you need for your home.

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