What could add more visual appeal than pendant lights or track lights? How about the combination of
the two, modern pendant track and monorail lighting! When theyre used effectively, homeowners can easily address
energy efficiency issues.
What makes pendant a track lighting lighting system so compelling? It's easy to mix and match visual
accents and task lighting components.
The implication is that any living or work area can be illuminated as desired. For example, the
kitchen, above the breakfast bar or
butcher block countertop.
It also lends itself to the home office.
First Things First; Planning the Pendant Track Fixture Layout
As is the case with other home remodeling jobs, careful brainstorming and planning are the most
critical steps. Before
installing pendant lights,
take a moment or two to survey the room in an unbiased manner.
Does it call out for
task lighting above a work station or a kitchen countertop? Do you have a wall dedicated to art work
that needs accent lighting to show it off?
One interesting strategy is called wall glazing. Its used to add a dramatic effect
in rooms with
vaulted ceilings. Its being used more and more in contemporary homes that feature trendy
I have heard it said that theyre a recent and sleeker version of those ornate chandeliers from
yesteryear that only the well-to-do could afford.
Focus on Light Track Geometry
The days when light track geometry had to be boring and utilitarian are long gone. Consider these options:
Straight run track. This is the traditional, simple layout that homeowners are
getting away from, although its functional. Straight runs work well for
task lighting in a work shop or garage.
Monorail style. These rails can be bent and will conform to unique situations to
provide the desired effect.
Cross layout sectional. Use this configuration to spread light out evenly over larger
T style track. This configuration offers a focused lighting configuration.
Grid style. This is a track assembled in a grid configuration. Its handy when the
need is to provide measured light pockets.
90 degree track using a flex connector. A 90 degree track is ideal for traveling up to
the peak of a vaulted ceiling and then back down the other side.
Pendant Light Have Style
One of the advantages of pendant light fixtures is that they are extremely versatile. They can
be suspended at almost any desired height. The lights vertical cable can be designed to stand out and
make a statement, or to be more subdued.
Remember to choose an appropriate light shade for the specific situation. For instance, colorful
fabrics make for a homey-type mood, light-diffusing crystal glass appeals to a formal dining room,
and stark metallic for a post-industrialist
Monorail Lighting Fixtures
Monorails are bendable and are perfect for adding custom lighting patterns. Monorails work just as
well for either task lighting or accent illumination.
These fixtures may be equipped with
low-voltage bulbs. They use a power transformer to step the
residential line voltage (120 volts) down to about 12 volts.
Monorails are Stylish
Its true, monorail lighting systems are a fashionable design choice! A few of the decorative finish
choices for the systems are chrome, antique bronze, brushed nickel, and rich gold. In addition to the
rail itself, there are many fixture options to choose from.
The fixtures may be aimed at almost any convenient angle. Also, the glass or metal fixtures and
shades are available in a variety of different styles.
These are available with descriptive names like Pod, Martini Glass, Spot, Pyramid, and the very cool
Sportster (not to be confused by the Harley Davidson motorcycle model).
Many homeowners opt to do the light installation themselves and put the money saved into the lights.
But if you would prefer to have a local electrician or handyman do the work in question, I recommend
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