Are you looking for lighting that fulfills all your needs and at the same time looks modern and creates aesthetic appeal? The solution is Cable Lighting.
When we think of general lighting one of the most popular fixtures we see are the recessed cans on the ceiling. We all know them well as we see them in most everybody’s home. However these fixtures are in a permanent place and allow for very little adjust-ability. It is much more preferable to utilize elements that are easily mobile should you change your furniture or decide to use the space for something else. Cable lighting is the perfect element to use.
By Clarissa Allison | June 17th, 2016
Our favorite alternative solution, cable lighting has a clean, modern look and offers an enormous flexibility when it comes to design. It is a great solution for vaulted ceilings or low ceilings and can be used in rooms of any size. With the cables you are able to follow the line of a pitched roof or cut across an area that does not have a ceiling mount option close by. You can also choose from a great variety of fixtures that can be used together on the same system.
We know installing a cable lighting system can sound daunting and pricey. In some cases, like using an elaborate customized design – this can be true. For a simple home application there are many wonderful cable kits on the market today that have every part included! Best of all, you don’t need to be a lighting specialist to be able to achieve great results with an all-in-one system. Our most popular option, the Tiella 5 Head Cable Kit, is an intuitive cable system that makes upgrading your lighting scheme a cinch. It offers a straight 20 feet run with five adjustable fixture heads, all hardware, and the standard ceiling canopy with transformer included. In most cases that’s all you need! Plus, shop online today and you can still take advantage of our Tech Lighting 10% off SALE!
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 and decide where the cables will run. Draw it up on a paper. Does your room require 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, elaborate decorative fixture heads, or small and large pendants; different fixtures in different areas can all use the same system. Brilliant. Is your imagination running wild already?
Because of the many 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 that supply up and down lighting. You can also use adjustable lights to light up artwork on your walls or to emphasize any precious object you wish. And last but not least, you can use cable lighting to install stylish pendants over tables, bars or or your kitchen island.
As we mentioned, cable lighting is ideal for people who love to change their home design. If in a few years you would like to redecorate your place, you can simply purchase new fixtures and attach it to the same system. Doing this alone will completely refresh your design at a fraction of the cost.
Let’s Look At Your Cable Lighting Plan
- You’ve already 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 in this instance 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 provides 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 a special mounting support for each turn.
- Cable systems often run on 12V (low voltage) and therefore need a transformer to install, which steps down the regular household voltage of 120V. 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 that 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 the total wattage under 300W – this means all fixture heads on the run cannot exceed 300W combined. With today’s impressive selection of LED retrofit lamps it is much easier to stay within this limit while still using many fixtures. Also, for best result and to ensure that all fixtures are compatible with your system, you should select all fixtures and their 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.
We hope you found this guide helpful! Feel free to contact us at 1877-385-2104 or email email@example.com with any questions. The Louie Lighting Team wishes you and yours a safe and happy weekend.