Are you looking for lighting that fulfills all your needs and at the same time looks modern and create interest? The solution is Cable Lighting.
When we are thinking of general lighting one of the most popular fixtures we see are the recessed cans on the ceiling. We all know them we see them in most everybody’s home. However these fixtures are in a permanent place and allow for very little adjustability. There is no flexibility to move them or to use them in a different way once you change your furniture or decide to use the space for something else.
My favorite alternative solution is Cable Lighting. It has a clean modern look and offers an enormous flexibility when it comes to design. It is a great solution for high ceiling or low ceiling and can be used for any size room. With the cables you are able to follow the line of a pitched roof or cut across an area with no ceiling mount option close by. You also have a great variety of fixtures that can be used together on the same system.
I know installing the cable system sounds complicated, difficult and expensive. In some cases using an elaborate design this can be true but for a simple application you have a great option of purchasing a cable kit that has every parts included and you don’t need to be a lighting specialist to be able to achieve great results. Here is our most popular cable kit that you can readily select and start your project immediately. It offers a straight 20 feet run with five adjustable fixture heads and the standard canopy with the transformer included. In most cases that’s all you need.
If you have a larger space or a greater imagination you can create a custom system that offers all the flexibility and options that you can come up with. If you choose this route there are two important things you need to think of.
First you need to create a plan where the cables will run. Draw it up on a paper. Is your room requires a straight run? Are there any turns in it? You can also create a variety of custom shapes.
Second – and this is the fun part – find the fixtures you love. You can select from small almost invisible spotlights to elaborate decorative fixture heads or small and large pendants; different fixtures in different areas all using the same system. Brilliant. Is your imagination running wild already?
Because of the different fixture options the one cable system can provide all the possible lighting you need in one space. For general lighting you can use fixtures pointing up or down. You can also use adjustable lights to light up the pictures on your walls or to emphasize any object you wish. And last but not least you can have pendants over tables or your kitchen bar hanging from the cables.
You also have the option whenever you need it to move the fixtures and change the lighting with the changing of your design. If in a few years you would like to redecorate your place you can purchase new fixtures attaching it to the same system refreshing your design for the fraction of the cost.
Let’s see step-by-step what you need:
- You measured out the cable runs. To purchase the formula is: twice the length plus 10% . For example: if you are looking for 15 feet across your room you will need to buy 2 x 15’ (because two cables run next to each other) and for errors you want to add about 10% of the amount. So the length you need is 33 feet.
- Next are the cable supports or mounting. You can mount your cable system wall-to-wall or on to the ceiling. Purchasing universal turnbuckles provide the flexibility to mount them either way. If the run of the cables are longer than 20 feet or the fixtures you are using are very heavy (large glass pendant…etc.) you will need additional support. If your cable is turning you will need special mounting support for each turn.
- Cable systems run on 12V low voltage and need a transformer to install. If you have a standard junction box in place you can use a standard canopy with the transformer integrated in it. You also have the option to use a remote transformer what can be hidden in a different location creating a cleaner look.
- When you select the fixtures you need to calculate the overall wattage and make sure that the transformer is suitable for all of them. Please consult your electrician. Low Voltage 12V cable systems are limited to 300W maximum load for each run from the transformer. Be sure to keep total wattage under 300W. With today’s impressive selection of LED retrofit lamps it is much easier to stay within this limit but still use many fixtures. Also for best result and to ensure that all fixtures are compatible with your system you should select all fixtures and the system components from the same brand.
Congratulations! You have created a unique lighting feature that provides function and beauty in your interior using a cable system.