LED track lighting systems provide the benefits of LED technology with the adaptability of tracks. Tracks can be bendable and adapted to any shaped area. They go well with uniquely designed living spaces. Track lighting can be incorporated into a complimentary accent to your décor.
A benefit of track lighting is the versatility that you gain. The tracks can be extended and moved around without difficulty. The light fixtures are able to move along the track. You can create any configuration of lights. You can easily change the light fixtures. You are able to focus the light in any direction and spotlight specific items or areas.
What Is LED Lighting?
LED stands for light emitting diode. LED lights illuminate when an electrical current passes through them. Unlike traditional filament light bulbs they are highly efficient. There is no filament to burn out or distort. Instead of radiating light in all directions they emit a light that is focused.
Unlike conventional bulbs, they do not emit heat. So there is zero risk of fire. They can be left on at all times and only consume a tiny amount of energy. They have a lifespan of ten years and up.
The cost of LED lights is initially higher than incandescent or energy saving bulbs. However the real cost of lighting is in the amount of energy consumed, and the lifetime of the bulbs. The value of LED lights is lower electric bills. In a short amount of time they will pay for themselves.
The cost of replacing filament light bulbs will add up over time and end up costing you more than the long lived LED variety. In addition LED lights do not contain the toxic materials used in fluorescent lighting. These types of lights contain mercury and other heavy metals that make disposal of burnt out bulbs problematic.
Where to Install
Track lighting can be used all over your home. The kitchen is a great place to start. Track lighting is better suited for task or accent lighting than all over room lighting. The track can be strategically placed in areas where you prepare food, cook or perform other daily tasks.
Since track lights are not permanently positioned, they can be moved to accommodate your needs. They can be used to illuminate a cabinet, a shelf or any area where you wish to draw attention and focus.
Another great place for track lighting is the recreational room in your home. It is perfect for illuminating a pool table or lighting up a bar. Any area of entertainment can benefit from track lighting. It can be directed to fill in the shadows, dark corners and create an intimate atmosphere. LED lights are available in many colors. You can create whatever mood you desire with multiple colors and directions.
Track lighting is the perfect type of light for glass enclosed shelves. It will highlight antiques and other valuables in a soft glow. The direction of focus can be pinpointed precisely.
Tracks can be mounted on ceilings, walls, beams or cables. If you don’t want to modify or disturb the existing wiring in your home, track lights can be powered from one end. With special adapters power can be supplied anywhere along the track. There is no need to tap into the main power.
Hidden cable track lighting is a newer style that makes the cable virtually invisible. The very low voltage cable is hidden and the LED lights seem to float in the air. This is perfect for accent lighting in a living room with other ambient lights.
Installing track lighting is an affordable way to update your home. The possibilities for track lighting are endless. Although mostly used in stores and showcases, track lighting is becoming more popular for home use. The money saving LED lights can’t be beat for long term value. They too are quickly becoming common in household use.
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