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How Much Does It Cost To Install Track Lighting?

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Track lighting makes a wonderful option for illuminating any area of the home, from the kitchen to the bath. This type of lighting involves individual fixtures that are positioned along a mounted track and pointed to brighten specific areas. Track lighting is attractive, versatile and often easy to install. A little knowledge helps determine if track lighting is right for you. It pays to know the types of track lighting, various uses, advantages and disadvantages, costs for installation and more.

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Table of Contents

  1. Track Lighting Installation Cost
  2. Track Lighting Cost Factors
  3. Track Lighting Cost Comparison
  4. Types Of Track Lighting
  5. Uses Of Track Lighting
  6. Advantages Of Track Lighting
  7. Disadvantages Of Track Lighting
  8. DIY Or Hire A Pro?
  9. How To Install Track Lighting
  10. Find A Pro

Track Lighting Installation Cost

Before taking on a home improvement project, it helps to have some understanding of the potential cost. The table below shows the average cost for installation of a 48-inch track with three adjustable 60-watt lights. Homeowners who wish to install their own track lighting would simply subtract the costs for labor to get at an average price.

Track Lighting Category

Average Cost Range

Track lighting fixtures

$60 to $145

Extra materials and supplies

$20 to $30

Labor

$400 to $500

Total cost for professional installation

$480 to $675

Track Lighting Cost Factors

Track Lighting Cost Factors

Costs for home improvement projects often depend on a number of different factors. Track lighting costs depend on the type and style of the installation. For instance, functional stainless steel spotlights might be much less expensive than certain types of decorative track lighting. Prices for track lighting installation can be also substantially lower if there is an existing light fixture in place. Variables that can raise the price of track lighting installation include:

  • The necessary removal, relocation or repair of construction materials, electrical, HVAC or plumbing fixtures
  • Mitigating problems with asbestos or other hazardous materials
  • Sales tax on the purchase of light fixtures and other supplies
  • Costs for a construction permit or inspection fees

Track Lighting Cost Comparison

The cost for track lighting installation varies in comparison to installation for other light fixtures like traditional ceiling lights, wall lights, recessed lighting or pendant lights. The table below shows the average cost for installation of these other types of lighting.

Type of Light Fixture

Average Cost Range per Light

Traditional ceiling light fixture

$130 to $275

Wall lights

$445 to $835

Recessed can lights

$150 to $350

Pendant lights

$265 to $400

Track Lighting Cost Comparison

Types Of Track Lighting

Track lighting involves the installation of a continuous track on which individual fixtures are attached. Tracks can be mounted to walls, ceilings, beams, rafters or joists. Two types of track lighting systems include straight-line voltage tracks and monorail tracks.

Straight-line voltage tracks come in H, J or L configurations, which indicate the shape of the track. These tracks are not adjustable and provide a no-nonsense, clean design. Monorail tracks come in an array of styles. They have a flexible, adjustable style to accommodate a variety of design aesthetics. The monorail's shape can be customized to illuminate a curved hallway, mimic the design of a countertop or to show off a special art installation.

Track Heads

Track heads are the individual lights positioned along the tracks. They are available in a wide variety of styles, shapes, materials and colors to suit almost any decor. Some popular types include spot lights, drop-down fixtures, and flexible-arm track heads. By changing out the track lighting head, homeowners can update the look of a space for very little cost.

Uses Of Track Lighting

Track lighting offers a number of valuable uses. If operating as a main light source, track lighting works best in smaller spaces. Configuring track lighting in certain areas like the kitchen, a study or a craft room also helps with the performance of certain tasks. Task lighting is often used in combination with general lighting to provide an extra source of light.

Spotlights can be adjusted to highlight bookshelves, artwork or accent walls. Adjusting track heads to a 30-degree angle helps keep reflection and glare to a minimum. Wall washing is a track lighting technique that provides a floor-to-ceiling distribution of light to bring attention to a wall's surface. Proper placement of the track and light fixtures away from the wall helps prevent shadows.

Advantages Of Track Lighting

Advantages Of Track Lighting

There are a number of advantages to installing track lighting. In addition to adding to a room's style and design, track lighting is energy efficient. Depending on the amount of work involved, track lighting is trendy, can also be easy to install and easy on the budget. Unlike general or ambient light, track heads adjust to send light directly where it is needed, and homeowners can swap out track heads easily to match any design style.

Disadvantages Of Track Lighting

As with most home products, track lighting also comes with a few disadvantages. Because the lights on a track operate all together, there isn't any flexibility for turning one or a few of the lights off or making some dimmer than others. In addition, while track lighting offers concentrated illumination to very specific areas, it is not often a good source of overall light. While track lighting often works well in a kitchen or bathroom, it might not be the best option for a reading, studying, or crafting space unless combined with other sources of light.

DIY Or Hire A Pro?

When replacing an existing light fixture with track lighting, installation is fairly straightforward. Homeowners who do not have a fixture already in place may want to hire a professional to install track lighting. Electrical work can be tricky and dangerous unless DIY enthusiasts have plenty of experience.

How To Install Track Lighting

How To Install Track Lighting

Installation of track lighting depends on a number of factors including the existence of a current light fixture and whether other types of construction must be performed. Replacing an existing fixture with track lighting can be completed in a few easy steps:

  1. Access the electrical circuit panel, find the circuit breaker for the room and switch it off to turn off the power to the light fixture.
  2. Remove the cover and light bulbs of the existing fixture. Remove the screws or nuts holding the base in place to pull the fixture away from the electrical box.
  3. Using toggle bolts or other sturdy fasteners, attach the track to the ceiling. Connect the track to the electrical box.
  4. Install the lights, and position them to illuminate desired areas of the room.

Installation in areas where there is no existing light fixture can be complicated and dangerous if homeowners don't have prior electrical experience. In addition, certain installations may require teardown and reconstruction of ceilings or walls. Most communities have professionals who can complete this work quickly and easily to save time and reduce stress.

Find A Pro

Track lighting is an affordable, energy-efficient and eye-catching option for any area of the home. If you are ready to illuminate a space in a new and attractive way, use ImproveNet to submit a free lead. This makes it easy to find a local pro who can light bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms and hallways in style.

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Last updated on Feb 6, 2017

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