How To Install A Monorail Track Lighting System

How To Install A Monorail Track Lighting System


Hi I’m Colby with Del Mar Fans and Lighting
and I’m here to show you how to install a flexible track lighting system. You will need
the following tools, wire strippers, battery drill, tape measure, and a plumb bob. Turn
off the power at the circuit breaker box before you begin. The first step in designing a track
system is to determine a shape that will compliment your space. We’ve decided on an S curving
shape to add a softer architectural feel to our kitchen and bar area. Once you’ve determined
the shape, you want to come up with a simple drawing and that drawing will act as a guide
through the process. Next, we’re going to determine our fixture placement and for this
bar we’ve chosen to keep our fixtures about one third of the way from the inside of the
bar and that’s about seven and a half inches and then we’re also going to frame out the
shape of the track system using this masking tape and we’re going to use the seven and
a half inches of where the fixtures are going to go as the center line of our track. So
the full curve of the track won’t exceed fifteen inches. So these pendants will be on the center
line of this track system. So come along and watch how we do this. Now that we’ve identified
where all of our pendants are going to be hung, and we’ve also used our electronic plumb
bob to determine exactly where the junction box in the ceiling will be in the actual layout
of the track system, we can now begin to shape this flexible track system within our frame.
We’re getting close to finishing the shaping of the rail and we’ve identified that the
rail isn’t long enough. So luckily we purchased an additional piece of rail just in case.
We’ve also identified that the end of the rail ends on a curve and the ends of the rails
are always a lot more difficult to bend into the perfect shape so we’re going to cut this
rail on a straight part of the track and then shape and form this other rail that we’ve
purchased to finish the shaping of the track. After using a hacksaw to cut the rail, we
want to use a file, a nail file, or any sort of steel file to just clean up the edge so
that the end caps will fit in here. After cutting the track system, we went ahead and
taped down the first piece of track so that it would stay in place and then we put a slight
bend on this piece and made sure that the curving part fell right over the final pendant
location and we’re just going to go ahead and cut this piece and finalize our track
shaping. So now that we’ve finalized cutting and shaping of the rail system, we’re going
to connect the two pieces of track with these connective conductors and that will finalize
the shaping and cutting of our rail system. Next, we’re going to use the laser plumb bob
to determine where to put our holes in the ceiling for our rigid standoff mounts. You
want to keep the standoffs about thirty to thirty six inches away from each other on
the track and what I like to do is I like to start off with the first one right on the
other side of the last pendant. Next we’re going to use our plumb bob to determine where
our standoff mounts should be in the ceiling based on our track system layout and the plumb
bob will give us the exact location in the ceiling that the track is laid out on here
and I like to start with a standoff close to the last pendant and then work my way down
and your standoff should be about thirty to thirty six inches apart from each other through
the whole distance of the track. So now that our plumb bob is in place, and our mark is
on the ceiling, we want to use a sharpie marker to mark this, but we also want to use a stud
finder to determine if we’re going to have to use an anchor or if we’re going to actually
drill the mounts directly into a stud. Next I’m going to use my battery drill to drill
a small pilot hole where we marked the ceiling. Now based on whether there is a stud in the
ceiling or not, we’re going to set our anchors and for this one there was not a stud in the
ceiling, although for my next one there was a stud in the ceiling so I won’t be using
an anchor, I’ll just be drilling the mount directly into the stud. Next, we’re going
to mount the base of the transformer to the junction box and then we’re going to wire
the transformer and then secure the transformer to the junction box. For this next part, we’re
going to lift the whole track system up and secure it to the mounts and to the transformer.
I’ve always found it very helpful to have someone assist you with lifting the track
system up so it doesn’t bend. Next, we’re going to determine how high we want to hang
the pendants over the bar and for this eating and sitting bar, you determine the pendants
will be about thirty inches from the bar so that they’re high enough so that there’s not
an obstruction of view, so what I’ll do is I’ll measure the distance and then subtract
thirty and that’s how I’ll cut the cord for the pendant. Next, we’re going to re-splice
our connector onto our newly cut cord. With these coax cables it can be a little tricky.
So first you want to undo the old cable by loosening both allan keys and then make sure
there’s no plastic ends in there and then we take this piece here, make sure the piece
is nice and straight, slide it in, and then squeeze and you push it in all the way to
the end, until you see the piece come through the little visible hole there and then you
tighten this piece first, tell that’s snug, go one more round, and then before you tighten
this just kind of reform that outer coaxial sheathing there and then tighten this one.
This one you only want to tighten just snug and then we connect it to our connector on
the track. So that was how you install a flexible track lighting system. So leave a comment
below and let us know what you think. Thanks for joining me here at Del Mar Fans & Lighting.
Bye.


10 thoughts on “How To Install A Monorail Track Lighting System

  1. Nicely done except your skipped putting in the anchors so we don't see how or what kind to use?. also more detail on how the pendant hanger connects to the rail would be good.

  2. Great job! Unfortunately for me, I bought a plastic system. The Track is too springy and hard to hang straight. Never going to order a DIY through the mail again.

  3. Good demo. When doing the electrical, we can't see what you are doing. Would be nice to zoom in tightly on the detailed connections.

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