Cable lighting is really pretty simple. It is just two lengths of metal braided wires attached to the walls or the ceiling. A transformer connects to both wires to provide low voltage power. Lights attach to both wires and light up. That’s it. Continue reading
There is a huge variety in lights available for cable systems. They come in different widths, for cable separations from 2″ to 36″.
You can also adapt lights for other systems to work on cable using a Freejack connector from Tech Lighting or a uni-plug adapter from Bruck Lighting. Because the cable is the same size, the lights are compatible. However, if you want a very consistent look, choosing lights all from the same company will make sure they all have the identical finish.
Lightweight pendants can be suspended from cable. Some pendants come with the connecting components already part of the pendant. Any of the Tech Lighting pendants that have a product number starting with 700K can be used on cable without an adapter. Continue reading
Are you trying to get a lot of light where you want it in your kitchen? One option is track lighting.
Just replace whatever light is already there with track. You can aim the light wherever you want. You can even add more light.
You don’t want to overload the circuit. It’s not just annoying to be constantly popping breakers, it really is a fire hazard. Check how many things are already on that breaker. How many watts are on the light you are replacing? You know you can go that high. With new high efficiency LED lamps, you can get a lot of light with very little electricity.
This months article the best of The Best in House Beautiful, November 2016 recommends:
79. Kitchen Pendants
Statement-making versions are the new paradigm for lighting an island.
There are so many styles to choose from! Continue reading
Cables can suspend light fixtures or pendants. Continue reading
Monorail lighting is a great choice for many homes.
If you are looking for a simple monorail layout, a monorail kit might work for you. These kits have all of the hardware you need for most basic layouts and include pendants or fixtures.
Tech Lighting now has these great new kits!
Tech Lighting’s 800RAL28 Monorail kit has two pendants and two heads made with natural onyx. The metal hardware is finished in antique bronze. Continue reading
NSL Brite Strip can be used as miniature track lighting. It is available in low voltage (12 volt or 24 volt).
This smaller track may be used as
- Accent lighting
- Inside cabinets
- Over countertops
- Display cases
- Wall or ceiling cove lighting
- Task lighting
Is your kitchen bright enough?
“Many older kitchens aren’t bright enough after the sun goes down. The most pleasant kitchen lighting comes from several sources. Lighting designers classify kitchen lighting as either task lighting, general – or ambient lighting – lighting, or accent lighting. That doesn’t mean you need three different types of fixtures; many light fixtures can handle more than one lighting job at a time.”
The Kitchen Idea Book, Joanne Kellar Bouknight
This is my kitchen. It’s a tiny little kitchen, but I still have a ceiling light over the sink, light and vent from microwave over stove, undercabinet lighting in the corner, so I can measure coffee in the morning, a lighted ceiling fan, light from the window and the sky light and the three pendants over the bar.
This contemporary kitchen uses a variety of lighting sources. Recessed Lighting is over the sink. The countertops are with undercabinet lighting. Over the island, two Tech Lighting Mini Melrose Pendants provide a focal point, while adding task lighting. The Bi-pin Lamps provide plenty of light while the Tahoe Pine Amber glass diffuses it, so that there is no harsh light in your eyes. Continue reading