Rail Lighting By WAC Lighting
- Rail Transformers
Surface mounted electronic transformers are best suited for shorter runs, with a 16 to 20 foot maximum. Surface mounted and remote magnetic transformers have a higher maximum wattage and can be run with up to a 40 foot maximum.
- Maximum wattage
300 watts is the maximum load for a 12 volt system, that maximum goes up to 600 watts for a 24 volt system. Keep in mind that LED mini-pendants and fixtures are only compatible with 12 volt configurations.
- Rail mounting options
Select a standoff that matches the height of the power feed or transformer. Each transformer and power feed has a matching standoff. Alternatively, you may purchase extensions, cable power feeds and aircraft cable suspensions for a greater suspension length. You will need a minimum of three supports per 8 foot track run, or two per 4 foot run. Depending on the number of fixtures, the length of the suspension and the amount of curves and bends in the rail, purchasing additional standoffs may be advisable.
- Joining sections of rail
A variety of designs can be achieved by using various connectors. Variable angle connectors, "X", "T" and "I" connectors are available to suit your layout's needs. Additionally, "dead-end" I connectors are available to provide a connection between two rails physically, but not electrically. These can be helpful for long runs of rail that may require multiple power feeds and transformers.
- Achieving the desired look
Rail sections may be hand bent to the desired look. It is advisable to bend the rail to the desired shape before installing ceiling standoffs to determine the proper placement. A hand bending machine is available to simplify the rail bending process. Rail may also be field cut to the necessary length.
- What do I need to purchase to make a functional rail system?
- How many fixtures can I put on a single rail setup?
- How long are the mini-pendant cords?
- What is the difference between rail power feeds and rail canopies with a transformer?
Rail lighting consists of five main components: the rail, a transformer and power feed, supports (also referred to as standoffs), Quick Connect adapters, and finally, fixtures and/or pendants. There are additional connectors and accessories that allow for a more customized look. Alternatively, WAC Lighting also offers starter kits and complete kits to simplify the process of selecting a rail system for your space by including everything you need to get started in one package.
You are limited by the transformer you purchase with the rail. Most people choose a transformer between 150 and 300 watts. There is a maximum of 300 watts per run of rail at 12 volts. Using the standard bulbs, a 300 watt transformer would limit you to 6 fixtures at 12 volts. However, you may use lower wattage bulbs to increase the number of fixtures you can use. LED fixtures and pendants also draw significantly less power, and as such, many more can be added to a single run of rail.
Mini-pendants come with a 72 inch cord, but may be field cut to a shorter length, if desired. Instructions are included with your mini-pendant.
The rail power feed is a smaller, low profile power feed attached to the ceiling, but it does not include a transformer, as such, you'll need to purchase a remote transformer separately. A Rail canopy with transformer is a bit larger, but includes a built in transformer to power your rail system.