Our moods are influenced by our surroundings. Color, texture and style are a big part of that influence, but mostly it's lighting that can change a dull room into a space filled with warmth. One of the many ways to achieve that warmth is track lighting. Especially in a room that has lighting challenges, installing track lighting will infuse light into otherwise dark corners. If one is looking for a way to highlight different aspects of a space such as an art wall or a work area, without the expense of installing recessed lighting, then track lighting is the perfect solution. Not only is it functional, but today's track lighting is aesthetically pleasing as well. Track lighting fixtures have evolved from the round or flat-backed canisters that were once the only choices, to more upscale beautiful designs suitable for any home.
Now that the decision is made to completely change the look of the living room, there is the need to consider the issue of lighting. While lamps worked fine in the past, the idea of adding some track lighting along one wall holds a lot of appeal. Here are some tips that will help the homeowner understand more about the different options currently available and how well each of those options would enhance the look of the space.
The Basic Types
People are sometimes surprised to learn there is more than one type of track lighting on the market today. Taking the time to look at different designs will make it easier to come up with something that will look great for years and provide the ideal level of light for the space. For example, consider the possibility of what is known as linear track lights. Reputable companies like WAC Lighting provide these types of lights complete with tracks of various lengths. The benefit to this approach is that if the homeowner decides to rearrange the furniture, it will also be possible to adjust the lights along the track and still ensure there is light in any area where it is required for reading and other tasks.
Curved track lighting is also something to consider. This makes it all the easier to carry the lights around more than one wall and create all sorts of interesting configurations in the room. Many people find this type of lighting to be a graceful as well as a practical addition to the space. Since the lights can come in a number of different shapes, colors, and designs, it is easy to match then with other elements of the room. As a plus, the curved nature of the track makes it all the easier to move the lights to any position that will show off the room to best effect.
Placement of the Lighting
Deciding where the lighting will go is also something that must be considered carefully. For example, is the plan to arrange the lighting closer to the floor, or will the lights be overhead? Close to ceiling lights work very well when the plan is to do away with floor and table lamps altogether and direct the lights to create cozy nooks for reading or just to give the room a level amount of illumination.
Do not overlook the value of recessed lighting as part of the design. This approach will normally involve a close to ceiling design, but is part of the wall rather than being attached to the surface. In terms of visual appeal, this makes the lighting look like part of the structural design of the room and not something that was added after the fact. The flow from this type of lighting can also be more gentle and subtle, something that may work very well with the mood the homeowner wants to create.
Like many other elements of home decorating, this type of lighting can vary in terms of cost. Factors such as the amount of track needed, the design of the lamps, and the range of additional features can all contribute to the expense. For example, running a track that will cover a long wall will mean more expense in comparison to covering a short wall. If the homeowner wants to have a dimmer switch that makes it possible to adjust the amount of light cast, that will also mean spending a little more money.
Keep in mind that while the expense is a factor to consider, the lighting is intended to remain in place for a long time. When the cost is broken down to the number of years it will be in use, the cost will be very reasonable. Remember that companies like LBL Lighting do offer systems that are designed for customers who need to work within a limited budget but still want the highest quality possible.
For help with choosing the right lighting, talk with one of our lighting professionals today. It will not take long to find the right solution and complete the decorating project.