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How to order your MonoRail System. Track Lighting Systems by Tech Lighting

 

Step One:  Design Your Monorail System


The first step in designing your MonoRail track light system is to determine what it is you are trying to light.
You'll need to decide where the heads, pendants, or functional art should be installed to put light where you want it. 
Choose your elements then add accessoreis if desired.  We offer a broad range of colorful and decorative accessories and functional optical controls.

Draw in your MonoRail run.  Remember, MonoRail can be shaped by hand to follow architectural details or to create an organic shape.  Factory pre-bent shapes are also offered in several configurations. Your MonoRail run must be placed so it runs directly beneath the junction box with the surface transformer or power feed canopy.

To determine the length of monorail you need, make a scale drawing (e.g., ¼” = 1 foot). Use a piece of string to trace the layout. Measure the length of string to calculate the length of rail you will need. MonoRail is 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 to provide longer runs.
Monorail is bendable by hand to a minimum radius of 12 inches.

Our MonoRail kits include everything you will need for a basic monorail layout except for the light fixtures.

Step Two:  Add Power 

Adding up the wattages of the lamps you'll be using on the system will help you select a transformer. 

A 300W transformer can support up to six 50 watt fixtures. If you need more than six fixtures, you can use a lower wattage in each fixture to ensure that you still do not exceed 300 watts total. This of course requires that you always pay attention to the replacement lamps you use, so you don't risk overloading the transformer.

In most cases it might be of advantage to choose a 500 or 600 watt transformer if you need more than 300 watts on a single run.
A remote transformer with power feed canopy provides the cleanest look. The remote transformer must be installed in an accessible, remote location. A surface transfomer simply mounts to a junction box. 

Step 3: Add Hardware to Complete the System

Determine how far from the ceiling you want the system to drop. Power feed canopies place the rail two inches from the ceiling; surface transformers drop it from two to five inches, depending on the type of transformer. If this drop is shorter than you require, you'll need to add a power extender to your canopy or surface transformer. The maximum standard drop for MonoRail is eight feet.

Next, add standoffs that match the drop of your power feed to support the system. Adjustable standoffs provide a clean, elegant look. Choose rigid standoffs for curvy runs, or runs with multiple glass pendants. You'll need one standoff for every three feet of MonoRail. The rail should be bent to its final shape before being suspended, since the suspension accessories are meant to suspend the track rather than hold it in a particular configuration. The rail should be supported at least every 42 inches, with more frequent suspension on tight curves. 

The power feed counts as a support, so begin adding standoffs three feet from the power feed. NOTE: power extenders and standoffs are field-cuttable, so it's easy to achieve a custom drop length.

Step Four: Add your fixtures

Now the fun begins!

Choose among the large selection of Tech Lighting pendants and MonoRail heads to complete your low voltage MonoRail system.

Brilliant colors and intriguing shapes characterize the low voltage glass pendants by Tech Lighting. You can mix and match pendant lights and low voltage MonoRail heads on a single section of MonoRail to meet your design needs.



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