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What’s the Difference Between Track, Monorail & Cable Lighting?

Track, monorail and cable lighting are all similar lighting systems that offer a simple way to add a lot of light with only one main fixture. They do have their differences, though, and it may help you to know how they work before you decide which installations are best for your space.</br></br>And, we’ve got answers! Here’s a brief overview of each lighting type:</br></br><strong>Track Lighting</strong></br></br>Let’s start with the basics: <a title="Track Lighting" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/ceiling-lights/track-lighting-accessories/track-lighting/" target="_blank">Track lighting</a> (as you would surmise by its name) is lighting mounted on a stationary track. This configuration is useful for a couple reasons; the track contains electrical components that allow you to add multiple lamp heads without extra wiring, and light heads can easily slide up or down the track for flexible arrangement.</br></br>Track lighting heads can be moved or switched out easily, making it simple to change looks anytime. They’re also available in a huge range of styles including pivoting heads, pendants, spotlights and LED track heads, which makes them a great choice for just about any space.</br></br>So, what about monorail and cable lighting? They’re also considered track lighting, but are different in the type of tracks they use.</br></br><strong>Monorail Lighting </strong></br></br><a title="Monorail Lighting" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/ceiling-lights/track-lighting-accessories/monorail-lighting/" target="_blank">Monorail lighting</a> uses a central track suspended from the ceiling that gives it an airy, floating look.</br></br>This versatile track-lighting option has a range of unique curved shapes that can complement almost any space, and even comes in “flexrail” varieties that can be bent or curved as needed, allowing for full customization to accommodate unique room layouts.</br></br><strong>Cable Lighting </strong></br></br><a title="Cable Lighting" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/ceiling-lights/track-lighting-accessories/cable-lighting/" target="_blank">Cable lighting</a> doesn’t use an actual track, but instead suspends lamp heads on cables that are stretched taut across opposite walls. This is usually done using two parallel cables that hold the lamp heads between them.</br></br>This configuration’s main draw is its appearance; the cables create interesting lines and spaces that contribute to a clean and contemporary look. Cable lighting is a great installation for living rooms, gallery walls or rooms with vaulted ceilings where mounting lights at an angle can be tricky.</br></br>Armed with these basics, you can now explore the world of track lighting and find the fixtures that would work best for your space!</br></br>For more details on everything track lighting, be sure to also check out our in-depth <a title="Track Lighting Buyer's Guide" href="https://www.atgstores.com/articles/how-to-choose-track-lights_a411.html" target="_blank">buyer’s guide</a>, or get in touch with a local expert via <a title="Porch.com" href="https://porch.com/" target="_blank">Porch.com</a>.
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