12v Tension Wire Lighting Systems For Kitchens
Take a look at our hand-picked selection of low voltage tension wire lighting systems perfect for the modern multifunctional kitchen space. This page has everything you might need, from tension wire, to spotlights and supports.
If you know exactly what you're looking to create your tension wire system from our range below, then please blaze on ahead! However, if you'd like a little more information about how tension wire lighting works and what it is you will need to create your own system, please scroll to our "Tips and Advice" section at the bottom of this page!
12V Tension Wire Systems - Tips and Advice
Installing tension wire systems is not for the lighthearted, so we'd highly recommend putting down the DIY video guide and enlisting the services of a handy electrician once you've chosen from our range.
For any track or rail lighting system for your kitchen you will need the tension wire itself, suspension fittings or brackets, and any connectors required (should you be planning on two or more lengths of track), plus a feed-in for your power. You will then need to choose spotlights or pendants (the fun part!) up to the maximum capacity of the system. There are also a number of other accessories available, including mountings for walls and sloped ceilings.
If you're feeling uncertain or a little lost, please do give us a call. We are here to discuss your kitchen lighting project and are more than happy to advise you no matter what stage you're at in your selection. We can provide advice and specifications for any combination required. We love to hear from you and we love to help.You can chat to us via email, phone, or you can get in touch via our handy online chat function!
Below is a basic setup diagram of what is required in order to run a low voltage tension wire system:
(A transformer and a pair of feed-in clips is also required.)
Guide Installation Instructions:
- Firstly fix a wall bracket in place at your desired height.
- Fix a second wall bracket to the same wall (spaced to suit your lamp holder – simply slide the tapping screws on the lamp holder in or out to suit your design and space the wall bracket the same distance apart).
- Extend the wall brackets to their longest length.
- Insert the end of the tension wire and clamp in place with grub screws.
- Fix two wall bracket on the opposite wall at the same height and same horizontal spacing.
- Pull over a length of the tension wire until taut from one wall to the other. Cut this to suit the length of your lighting run.
- Insert the end into the wall bracket and tighten grub screws (the wire should be fairly taut but with a little sag).
- Tighten up the wall brackets until the wire is under tension. If the wire does not make a low note when plucked it is not tight enough! If you use all available adjustment on the tensioner – remove the wire, cut shorter and start again.
- Repeat the wire tensioning for the second wire.
- You should now have two taut wires spaced to suit your lampholders.
- Install the lampholders. The tapping screws on the lampholder need to pierce the outer insulation to connect to the current. Do not over tighten as this may break the wire. Install lamps.
- Fix the transformer in place and cut two length of the remaining tension wire to make power leads. Fix the end of your power leads to the feed-in clamps (note the power leads are fixed in pace with the smaller grub screws).
- Remove the pointed slotted screw at the end. Put the feed-in on the tension wires – one to each tension wire, fit the slotted tapping screws and tighten until the point pierces the insulation.
- Connect the free end of the power lead to the transformer. 15. Connect the mains supply to the transformer and switch on. If installed correctly everything should work. Shake the system lightly to see if any lamps flicker – if there is flickering tighten the tapping screws on that lampholder. If all lamps flicker tighten the tapping on the power feeds.
- If all's well, you've succeeded. Hurrah! If not, you can always get in touch with us via phone, email, or our handy online chat function. We're here to help!