12v Tension Wire Lighting Systems For Kitchens
A range of low voltage wire systems ideal for the kitchen. The installation of these track systems can be tricky so we would always recommend you hire an electrician once you have made your choice. For any track or rail lighting system you will need a track/rail, suspension fittings or brackets and any connectors if you are joining two or more lengths of track plus a feed-in for your power. You will then need to choose spotlights or pendants up to the maximum capacity of the system. If you require any assistance please email or call us. There are also a number of other accessories available including mountings for walls and sloped ceilings. We can provide advice and specifications for any combination required. Please contact us for more details.
We hope you find something within this section. If you have any questions or queries please call or email us. 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.