Track Lighting or Recessed Lighting: What’s Better for the Kitchen?

Track Lighting or Recessed Lighting: What’s Better for the Kitchen?

The kitchen is one of the most important, busiest, and most valuable rooms in your home. Lighting can be the difference between a lively kitchen or a drab assembly line for food prep. Two popular solutions for improving kitchen lighting are track lighting and recessed lighting. Both have there pros and cons, solving problems with poorly-lit areas. We’re going to break down the differences between the two lighting preferences so that you can decide which is right for you.

Recessed Lighting

These guys are the ‘hidden cameras’ of the lighting world. They’re the lights you don’t see, as they are mounted into the ceiling. They are sometimes referred to as ‘can lighting’ due to them sitting inside cylinders. They’re often utilized as ambient lighting in small regions of homes. When placed together in groups, they give a nice soft light for kitchens.

Track Lighting

Track lights are the ‘theater cameras’ in contrast to recessed lights. The light bulbs are typically placed on a metal track. That track gets connected to a junction box to allow control of all the lights. Track lighting can be installed flush to the ceiling or hung just below for a more dramatic effect. This goes great with rustic, industrial, or modern kitchen designs.

Recessed Pros and Cons

Let’s begin with recessed lighting. The average cost of the installation of recessed lighting in a kitchen is between $100 and $200. Professional installation can be double or triple that, depending on your needs. This makes recessed lighting a more expensive solution. It could also be the more effective one, as the concept is much more straight-forward. If your kitchen is fairly small, track lights could make things feel more crowded. Recessed lights give more freedom to select an even, consistent illumination of the kitchen.

Tracks’ Pros and Cons

If you plan on installing track lights by yourself, you’ll still be paying about $160. If you hire a professional, the overall bill may be lower than recessed lighting. It is worth reading up on the risks that come with DIY installations, first. The savings may not be worth it in the long run. The fact that you do not need to cut into the roof to get track lights installed is a big deal. Some ceilings may not even be able to hold recessed lights, either. Track lights can be re-positioned and rotated, this is great for highlighting dark corners.

Upgrading your Kitchen Lighting

In the end, what matters most is improving the environment of your kitchen and home. The kitchen should shine, but not blind. Working, eating, and entertaining in the kitchen should be effortless and feel natural. With both options, it’s important to have a professional do the actual layout in order to light up the countertops and work spaces properly. If you need more help on deciding how you want your kitchen designed, then talk to an expert! Here at Lee Perrella Electric, we know a thing or two about lights.

Contact us for a free consultation. We’ll help address any concerns you might have, and point out any potential flaws and cautions.

It’s time to get that showroom kitchen you’ve always wanted.