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Modern Track Lights: A Stylish Alternative To Room Lighting

Jan 14, 2008
If you haven't seen modern track lights lately, it's time to take another look. Although track lighting got a bad rep in the past for being rather unstylish and utilitarian, today's track lights are sleek, stylish, and ultra modern. Leave the utilitarian lights in the workshops and stores and find some that will add light to your room and make a decorating statement.

Even with modern track lights, though, you'll need to keep some aspects in mind as you find the perfect place for the lighting. First, you need to consider whether you'll be using the lights for overall room lighting or whether you want them to spotlight certain aspects of the room. Generally, you'll want to consider different pendants or heads for each situation. Some will focus light more effectively while others will allow light to gently diffuse over the entire room. In addition, you may need to consider using different wattage in each of these cases.

If you want your modern track lights to provide overall light for the room, you'll need to consider light placement carefully or you'll find your guests avoiding parts of your room because the light is too bright or intense in some spots. It can also lead to dark spots in your room if you're not careful. The lighting heads, bulbs, height, and direction of light can all be manipulated to provide just the right amount of light without overwhelming the room. You may want to direct the lights to shine a bit higher in the room so that you're not blinding any of your guests with intense light.

A final aspect to consider is whether you want the track lights to blend into the ceiling or whether you want the lights to be a part of the architecture and style of the room. Some people choose track lights because they can be more affordable than recessed lighting but can still blend into the ceiling and be relatively unnoticed. Other people like using creative or colored heads and pendants to make their modern track lighting stand out and add to the room. It really boils down to your personal preferences and what look you're trying to achieve in your home.

What about colors options? Choose lights and materials that are a similar color to your ceiling if you want the lights to blend in. Alternatively, use fun colors, patterns, and materials if you want to make a statement with the lights. Most lighting stores will have a range of track lighting for you to choose from. If the stores in your area don't have a good selection, you may want to check out specialty stores. You may be able to find artistic lighting at smaller retailers if you want that one-of-a-kind look.

Modern track lights have moved into the twenty first century in style. The lights are versatile and allow you to create different lighting schemes in your home. In addition, the lights can add style and detail to both an ordinary or spectacular room.
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