Cable systems are versatile, low-voltage lighting systems that use tensioned cable to offer an infinite variety of high-tech arrangements, making even the most imaginative configurations easy to achieve.
Cable lighting systems are low-voltage lighting systems that use conductive tensioned cable to offer an infinite variety of high-tech arrangements ideal for freely illuminating large areas. Cable is capable of direction changes making it a versatile solution for lighting large, unique spaces.
Cable lighting is a dynamic low voltage, single-circuit system that uses conductive cable, supports, connectors, rerouters, power supplies, and adapters to provide lighting in unique spaces. When designing your system, determine the amount of cable needed by multiplying the length of the run by two and adding an extra foot. The space between cables should be 4".
The cable will need to be suspended. For ceiling mounted runs, determine the number of ceiling supports you will need. Depending on your design, you will need either rigid or flexible supports. You should allow one intermediate support for runs over 30 feet on a straight run to prevent sagging. Verify if your run is wall to wall, ceiling to wall, or ceiling to ceiling. Does the run have to overcome major differences in height? If so, this will need to be accounted for when selecting suspensions. Re-routers can be used to change the angle or direction of your cable run.
Cable systems, like monorail, are low-voltage and will therefore require transformers to step down the voltage to 24 or 12 volts. If the sum of the wattages of the lamps that are to be connected to the system is less than the wattage of the transformer, only one transformer is required. However, if the sum of the wattages of the lamps to be connected exceeds the wattage of the transformer, a second transformer is needed. This can be done either physically or with a non-conductive connector. There are a variety of power supplies that can be used to provide power to the cable. These take the form of surface-mounted electronic or magnetic power feeds with integral transformers, as well as power feeds that must be used with remote transformers, which are hidden and out of sight. If your system is a 300W single-circuit system, an isolating connector is required to electrically isolate your cable run into multiple 300W sections.
When choosing fixtures for your cable system, consider the total wattage you can work with and what you need to illuminate. Pendants, spots, and heads can all be used with cable systems. Cable systems can be a great solution for providing decorative ambient lighting, direct lighting, or accent lighting.