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Track Lighting Why I Love it!!

HometoCottage.com Track Lighting Why I love it

Well, in a word… Versatility! Track lighting offers fantastic versatility, both by the placement of the lights, but also because it’s user friendly in the installation. Here are some rooms I’ve installed track lighting in and you might just be amazed in the versatility track lighting really does offer…

to start out with, here’s a picture of the dining room in our former house. It was a wonderfully large room and we had a super long dining table in there. One chandelier in the center of the table just wouldn’t look balanced or get the job done.

 

HometoCottage.com former dining room 2 track light

So we installed an 8′ length of track lighting.

Track lighting can be purchased as complete kits, with all the components including track, power hook up and fixtures. I’ve done that before, but usually I prefer to buy the components separately so that I have more control of how the track lays out, with additions to it, as well as selecting my own fixtures. You can buy track lighting both ways through The Home Depot, kits or separate components… (and they’ll even ship direct to your house so you don’t need to go out)

On each end of it we put flood track lighting fixtures to point towards those two outside walls. For the table lighting, and for visual appeal, we hung 2 chandeliers over the table. These were standard chandeliers meant to be hardwired, that I simply attached a chandelier track light adapter onto. (this works well for light weight chandeliers or pendants only)

In the kitchen of our former house, where there was a cathedral ceiling I installed track lighting. With the accessories of bendable track and T’s it totally took care of the whole main kitchen lighting.

There was one ceiling chandelier in the kitchen when we bought this house, and that’s all you need to install a room full of track lighting, like this. Just one electrical box. So no electrician is necessary. It’s a simple DIY ceiling light change.

HometoCottage.com former kitchen track light

I love how I could just ‘pop’ on another fixture if I felt I needed more light, or adjust the angle a bit to completely avoid any shadows in my kitchen prepping.

In ‘the little brick cottage‘, an antique cottage I renovated a few years ago, we installed track lighting over the peninsula. Again, as in the dining room of our former house, I used 2 different style fixtures on this one track. I used spot light fixtures to give over all lighting in the back entry doorway area, then I made and installed these cute mason jar pendants for visual appeal over the peninsula.

 

HometoCottage.com little brick cottage track light

To make the pendants was pretty easy, and since then, I’ve seen pendant kits available at World Market to make it even easier.

But at the time, this is pretty much the stuff I used to make it with.

 

HometoCottage.com DIY canning jar pendant supplies

That square-ish shaped thing on the right is the track light pendant adapter, be sure to check out the whole DIY tutorial I wrote about this and it gives you more details about the adapter.

In our 100 year old house we now live in, I’ve used track lighting in the kitchen again. (pretty much every kitchen I’ve remodeled for me or one of my clients, I’ve installed track lighting in. That’s how much I love it!)

HometoCottage.com track lighting in our kitchen

For this kitchen we had to gut it just about completely, except for the floor, then we installed this faux tin tile drop ceiling. Track lighting was the perfect option for this room. It offers great versatility to point the lights where you need them to cover the whole room.

 

HometoCottage.com track lights mix with other lights

In this kitchen, there are 2 other lighting sources… under cabinet lights, (can’t imagine using a kitchen without those now) and these cute reproduction pendant lights from Rejuvenation Lighting over the peninsula.

In this 100 year old house of ours, where we didn’t replace all the ceilings, and needed more light, but didn’t have room for recessed cans, track lighting is a perfect option. In fact, I have it installed not only in our kitchen, but in our breakfast room, in our office, and in the old maid’s room, (which is now my sewing craft room).

So if you have a room with insufficient lighting because you only have a single ceiling fixture, like so many older kitchens, you may really want to consider track lighting… it’s so versatile! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

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Comments

  1. Sandra Garth says

    Gorgeous kitchen! Once upon a time we had track lighting in the basement kitchen and it just wasn’t enough light without having any windows. Thanks for joining us at Celebrate Your Story and I hope you link up with us again.

    • Liz says

      Thanks Sandra. Yeah to make the most of track lighting, one needs to have the track long enough and placed in a good position, then be willing to add enough fixtures to it, to get the amount of necessary light. Like my kitchen… I have around 11 or 12 fixtures on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rebecca says

    We changed out a single light fixture in my husband’s office for track lighting, and the difference was amazing. It went from looking like a builder grade room to looking like an art gallery. Now I just need to change out lighting in the other rooms. Thanks for the infomative post. I thought you had to buy a kit.

  3. Amy @ StowandTellU says

    I’m a fan of track lighting, too. We used it in our basement makeover after we painted the exposed beam ceiling and it warmed everything up tremendously. Just moved to a new older home and I have plans to install more in this house. Love that you changed yours up with different types of lights, thanks for the tip!

  4. Donnamae says

    Yes to track lights! I have them in my kitchen….and love them for their versatility. Mine are white…so they match the ceiling. And I never notice them til we turn the lights on…and then wow! We also have under cabinet lighting, which I wouldn’t ever be without again! Enjoy your day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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