Installing cable track lighting in your home

The new styles of cable track lighting are becoming very popular. I wasn’t sure if this one would catch on or not. The many lighting and style options have made it successful. Cable lighting is also fairly inexpensive and really easy to install.


They add accent lighting to walls and ceilings and can be adjusted or repositioned to illuminate different places. This is part of the allure of cable lighting.

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Most cable lighting systems are inexpensive, but they need to have a light box installed when the electrical systems are planned out and installed. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead for any type of extra lighting in a home before the sheetrock gets put on.

There are some homes that use the main light in the center of the ceiling to install track lighting systems in a home that’s already built. It takes a little creativity, but it’s still possible.

The lights hanging from cables can be short for limited ceiling height, or long for open and vaulted ceilings.

Cable lighting systems need to be attached to walls or ceilings where there are studs for extra support. They aren’t really heavy, but they do need to be secured into framework lumber.

The weight depends on the type of lights used and the baffle around the lights. It’s best to be conservative of the style of lights. If the lights are too big, then your home may look like a movie studio. Vaulted ceilings can get away with bigger lights and still look fine. It’s something to watch out for though.

The cables carry the low voltage current to the lights. These lights can be adjusted by sliding them along the cable. Many lights can also be swiveled to find the perfect position for illumination.


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