Track, Monorail and Cable Lighting
We carry the finest in track, monorail and cable lighting. Our systems offer everything you need to create a custom system and complete your precision, accent and decorative lighting needs.
Track Lighting systems are versatile lighting solutions that can be used to power spot lights, flood lights, pendant lights or any other fixture with the proper adapter and voltage. Characterized by their concealed conductors, tracks are used on ceilings and walls in settings that demand performance and adjustability. Systems are available with standard straight track or with flexible track in single-circuit or two-circuit configurations. Read more...
Monorail systems are state-of-the-art configurable lighting systems that allow custom styling with minimalist appeal. Monorail can be configured to suit a wide range of both residential and commercial settings. Rail can be installed in straight runs, field-bent to create organic shapes or arranged to follow architectural details. Available in single-circuit and two-circuit configurations, rail systems are excellent solutions for powering low voltage fixtures in unique spaces. Read more...
Cable systems are versatile, low-voltage lighting systems that use tensioned cable to offer an infinite variety of high-tech arrangements ideal for freely illuminating large areas. Starting from fixed ceiling or wall mounting, cable is capable of direction changes, delivering true 3-dimensional spatial arrangements. This makes even the most imaginative configurations easy to achieve. Read more...
Track lighting is ideal for applications that require flexibility and precision performance. A vast selection of fixture types ensures that a track system can meet accent, ambient and/or decorative lighting needs.
Track is an especially appealing option in situations that require long runs and can use line voltage (120V). Line voltage allows for longer runs without the concern for voltage drop. Through the use of a concealed conductor, track systems are able to safely run at 120V without the risk of shock. While there are low voltage track systems available, the majority of systems are line voltage.
To configure a track lighting system, there are four things to consider:
- Track Type
- Layout and Components
A track lighting system consists of lengths of track that are available in several different types, including line or low voltage, single or two-circuit, and flexible or straight. It is important to consider all factors when selecting a track system to purchase. The manufacturer, adapter standard and voltage will determine what fixtures can be used with a system and will play a major role in deciding if a system is appropriate for a particular installation.
Layout and Components
Track can be installed in a variety of configurations and layouts using a combination of I, L, T, X and flexible track connectors. Almost any layout is possible using a creative selection track connectors and track lengths. Depending on the type of track, systems can be installed directly to, or suspended from, the ceiling.
One of the most important factors to consider is how to provide power to a track system. If power is being supplied in the middle of a run, a canopy with a power feed is required. If power will be supplied at the end of a run, an end connector with a power feed can be used.
The first thing to consider when choosing fixtures for a track system is whether the two are compatible. It is important to choose fixtures that use the same track standard as the system itself. In some cases, manufacturers will offer adapters so that their fixtures can be used with several of their systems. Another thing to consider is what is being illuminated. Highlighting a piece of artwork would be best accomplished using a precision spot light while more general illumination might be better served with a flood light or pendant.
In addition to the track standard, the voltage of the fixture should also be considered. If a low voltage track head or pendant is to be used on a line voltage track, an inline transformer will be required. This usually takes the form of a small box near the point where the fixture attaches to the track. This transformer will convert the line voltage (120V) feed to the appropriate low voltage (12V) signal required by a low voltage fixture.
Most track fixtures can be modified for many applications by purchasing accessories. You can use special lenses to change the shape of the light (honeycomb louvers, spread lenses and beam elongating lenses) or the color (color lenses and color dichroic lenses). A framing projector or barn door accessory can be used to help direct and focus the light.
Low voltage monorail lighting systems are state-of-the-art configurable lighting solutions that allow custom styling with minimalist appeal. The monorail itself can be formed by hand into configurations suitable for a wide range of lighting applications.
Monorail is a low-voltage single-circuit or two-circuit, two-conductor rail available in different lengths. The rail can be cut in the field to custom lengths, and sections may be joined together using connectors to provide longer runs. Monorail is bendable by hand to a minimum radius of 12 inches. Straight and geometric shapes are also possible using connectors. 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 the monorail needs to be suspended. Monorail can be suspended at various heights using either rigid or flexible standoffs. 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.
Rail systems 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 monorail 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, and the runs of monorail to be powered by each transformer need to be separated. 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 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 remote transformers, which are hidden and out of sight.
Low voltage heads or low voltage pendants can be connected to the monorail, using the required adapters. Some lighting fixtures include lamps, and these are 12V, so if a 24V transformer is used, it is necessary to purchase 24V lamps separately.
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.