DIY Track Lighting In Any Room in the House

DIY Track Lighting In Any Room in the House

Taryn Williford
Aug 4, 2009

Track lighting, several movable lamps along a wired track, is the perfect solution for highlighting artwork on the walls, collections on shelves or your home's architectural details. But it can also just provide bright, consistent light for a task space or even an entire room. You could spend some bucks on a custom set like the one above, or you could just Do-It-Yourself...

You just need to mount a curtain rod and attach inexpensive clamp lights (We like the FAS ($9.99) and the LAGRA ($3.99) from Ikea) for a cheap and easy version of the industrial look of track lighting.

Sure, the example above is a little messy. But with your cord wrangling Unplggd-know-how, you should be able to tidy up that tangle and enjoy cheap track lighting.

You could even mount this DIY lighting on the ceiling. Just make sure your curtain rod hardware can hold the weight of the lamps and cords (Max weight should be on the product box somewhere) and that the hardware that holds the rod will still cradle it securely if you flip it sideways.

Top image from Lana_aka_BADGRL at Flickr with a Creative Commons license. Second Image from randofo at Instructables.

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