Low voltage monorail lighting system offers state-of-the-art configurable lighting that allows custom styling with minimalist appeal. For the right task or accent light, look to our monorail lighting line characterized by its beautiful glass shades from studios in Italy, Spain and Morocco, coupled with die-cast brass fittings available in chrome, brushed nickel and dark bronze finishes.
Monorail LightingLow voltage monorail lighting system offers state-of-the-art configurable lighting system that allows
custom styling with minimalist appeal. The monorail itself may be formed by hand into configurations suitable for a wide range of
lighting applications. The low voltage lighting elements provide task and accent lighting with xenon and halogen bulbs. The
monorail lighting line is characterized by its beautiful glass shades from studios in Italy, Spain and Morocco, coupled with die-
cast brass fittings available in chrome, brushed nickel and dark bronze finishes. If you have already received your parts, or
if you need help understanding what transformer you need or what length run you can achieve, you might find this Monorail Lighting Installation Guide useful.
are now proud to offer several European rail and track systems from Bruck Lighting; We also
carry monorail lighting systems from Tech Lighting and
Monorail is a low-voltage single-circuit, two-conductor rail available in
four- and eight-foot lengths. The rail may be cut in the field to custom lengths, and sections may be joined to each other
using couplers to provide longer single-circuit runs. Monorail is bendable by hand to a minimum radius
of 12 inches. Straight and geometric shapes are also possible using "L" and "T" connectors. If you are starting from scratch with a standard layout, we recommend using one of our kits that include everything you will need for the monorail layout except for the light
fixtures. To determine the length of monorail needed, make a scale drawing (e.g., ¼" = 1 foot). Use a piece of
string to trace the layout. Measure the length of string and use this figure to calculate the length of rail.
Determine the amount of drop below the ceiling that the monorail is to be suspended. The monorail may be
suspended with either rigid rod or aircraft cable. The rail should be
supported at least every 42 inches, with more frequent suspension on tight curves. Rail should be bent by hand (using round
forms if needed) such that it maintains its shape before being suspended, since suspension features are meant to suspend the
track rather than hold it in a particular configuration. Power supplies also provide
support to the rail.
These rails are rated for a maximum of 25A, which is equivalent to 300W at 12 volts or 600W at 24 volts. If the
sum of the wattages of the bulbs that are to be connected to the monorail is less than the wattage of the transformer to be
used, only that one transformer is required. However, if the sum of the wattages of the bulbs to be connected exceeds the
wattage of the transformer, a second transformer is needed, and the runs of monorail to be powered by each transformer need to
be separated, either physically, or with a non-conductive connector. There are a variety of power supplies that can be used to provide power to the monorail. 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
transformers placed in an adjacent locations (remote transformers). Rails and fixtures may be used in either a 12 or 24 volt
configuration. However, the voltage of the bulbs selected must match the voltage of the transformers.
There are three types of lighting fixtures that can be connected to the monorail: QF heads, QP pendants and basic monorail lighting fixtures. In order to
QF heads and QP pendants to the monorail lighting system, a quick connect adapter (QADP) is required,
while the basic monorail lighting fixtures connect directly to the track. Most fixtures are used with glass or metal shades, and
the shades suitable for use with each fixture are listed on the fixture page. QP pendants may be shortened as needed. Many
lighting fixtures are supplied with bulbs, and these are 12V, so if a 24V transformer is used, it is necessary to purchase 24V bulbs separately. Also, if the supplied bulb is too bright, it is possible to use bulbs of lower
wattage than the stated maximum wattage for each fixture.
Other Lighting Options
The quick connect system provides a versatile connector, and all QF and QP pendants (which feature a male quick connect
adapter) can be used with non-monorail lighting fixtures. These options include transformer bases for use on existing track lighting systems as well as standalone mono- and multi-points available with integrated transformers and in models designed for use with remote
Guide to Monorail Lighting Troubleshooting
Frequently Asked Questions offers an answer guide for the various W.A.C. Lighting systems.