Good Questions: Will Track Lighting Be Bright Enough?

Good Questions: Will Track Lighting Be Bright Enough?

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 29, 2007

Hello AT,

I have a living room that needs general lighting. The living room's dimensions are 12 ft X 20 ft X 8 ft (ceiling). The power box is located in the center and I can't afford to move or add another power box...

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Do you think the track lights kit (picture above the jump) with 4 X 50 Watt halogen lights will be bright enough?

Someone told me these track lights are usually used as accent lighting not general lighting.

I like the look and feel of recess lights, but I can't afford to install recess lights and that's why I am choosing track lights. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

Thanks! Kozo

Dear Kozo,

Go for track lights, but go for plainer white ones that will give you light but disappear against the ceiling. With 50 watt halogens you should be fine for light intensity, BTW. Halogens are strong.

We bought simple white tracks at Chinatown Electric, but you can find nice ones online at YLighting. Again, don't spend any money on these! Go for simple white and let it all disappear.

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