Inside homes, hallways are tricky locations to get right when setting up lights. The spaces are extremely narrow, increasing the risk of glare and uneven beam distribution. LED lights present numerous viable solutions for hallways, due to their compact and reliable features. The units can take on unique configurations and settings, to make lighting systems in hallways more functional.
LED Track Lights and Wall Scones
Narrow hallways benefit from thin and long units, such as LED track lights or LED strip lights. Starting with the first option, LED track lights are fixtures mounted on a single-lane track, which is installed on the ceiling. Homeowners can add (or remove) as many lamps as they want on the track. Mounting LED lights above ground may help reduce tampering and direct contact, for individuals with kids or curious pets.
Moreover, the fixtures can be positioned individually to target hard-to-reach areas. This option is perfect for residential hallways with artwork and photos.
Recessed can lights may also be used for overhead lighting in hallways. This type of fixture only provides down-lighting features (no adjustable light head). An advantage to using recessed can luminaries is the application of cut-off shields for beam direction.
LED wall scones are also ideal for hallways. Unlike LED track lights, these units offer up or down lighting features. Because the fixtures take up space, they are usually found in wide hallways.
Recommendations for Installation
Hanging LED lights in hallways are not recommended for spaces with short ceilings. Surprisingly, this is practice is common in older homes that use chandeliers. Hanging LED fixtures are notorious for creating glare and may present some issues for tall individuals.
If the hallway leads to a staircase, it makes sense to provide additional lighting at the transition from the ground to the first few steps. For illuminating dark corners, homeowners may apply table lamps or tall lamps on stands.