There are many different types of lighting in your home, one of which is called task lightning. This means the lighting is designed to light specific, isolated areas as opposed to an entire room. This is a common form of lighting in your kitchen which features multiple isolated areas of work, it can also be found in great rooms and living rooms.

Two options when it comes to task lighting is recessed lighting and track lighting.

Both can be used for this purpose but are very different stylistically and even functionally.

There are benefits to both options and there are cons. A lot of it is going to depend on your home and your needs. Their installation is different, as is their functionality. One is blatantly visible, and one is a more discrete form of lighting. One is more cost effective and one is more energy efficient than the other.

Below are some pros and cons of each form of lighting and details on the different systems to help you make your choice.

Recessed Lighting

As the name suggests, recessed lighting is a bit more discrete, tucked into the ceiling. Sometimes it can be partially visible but most of the time it is flush to the ceiling. They attach to the ceiling joists in increments to create isolated spots of light. There are subtle, tucked away and sleek in design. They’re very common in modern and urban design kitchens.

Track Lighting

Track lightning involves a line or series of lamps, hung visibly from the ceiling, to create a path of isolated light. These are common over kitchen island areas. There are a few different track lighting systems to choose from, but they all involve visible hanging lamps. It’s less sleek, more obvious, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be design friendly, depending on what you do with your design.

Pros and Cons

Recessed lighting is subtle and easier to install most of the time. Track lightning is cost-effective, minimally invasive, and can be installed in all types of houses and rooms. Recessed lightning does have some trouble when it comes to cost and not all ceilings can accommodate recessed lighting systems. Track lighting can have some very complex installation that may take longer and cost more in labor.

Related Questions

What Parts of the House Are Best For Recessed Lightning?

One place where recessed lighting is a must is the bathroom. Showers with lighting utilize recessed lightning to protect the electric from the water heavy environment below. While most places can be both, the bathroom is a place that benefits extensively from having recessed lightning.

Does This Add Value?

Any lightning upgrades, whether its track or recessed, is going to add value to your home. Which one is going to benefit you more depends on your design and the state of your house, but any installation and upgrade will add value.

Talk to a professional electrician about your options and what’s going to make the most sense for your home and your needs.

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