How do I install the 2 Circuit MonoRail by TECH Lighting?

This is a general guide designed to help you create a TECH 2 Cicuit MonoRail system. Before you begin, you will need a rough plan of the lighting required for your project or a list of the pieces your client has requested. If you have any questions that are not answered by this tutorial, please contact us.

When installing and using this system, please adhere to the following basic safety precautions:
- Read all instructions completely before beginning installation
- Turn off the electrical power at the panel before modifying the system in any way
- Do not install this system:
- In a wet or damp location
- With the fixtures located within six inches of combustible materials
- With the rail concealed or extended through a building wall

We recommend you hire a qualified, licensed electrician to install the system.

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STEP 1: UNPACK

  • Unpack boxes, but keep packages intact to avoid losing small hardware pieces and instructions. Lay the system out on the floor as an overview of where individual items will be installed.

STEP 2a: INSTALL REMOTE TRANSFORMER

  • Determine location of transformer, j-box and canopy
  • Pull the correct gauge THHN wire from the transformer to the canopy (see voltage drop chart, below). Single feed canopies require two leads; dual feed canopies require four
  • Install power feed extender to canopy (if using)
  • Install canopy at j-box
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or STEP 2b: INSTALL SURFACE TRANSFORMER

  • Determine transformer location
  • Install power feed extender to transformer (if using)
  • Mount transformer to 120 volt j-box

STEP 3: ASSEMBLING

  • Bend and assemble rail on the floor
  • Bend rail to desired shape
  • Join sections of rail using conductive connectors (included) and ensure tight connections
  • Insert isolating connectors into rail where needed
  • Insert end caps into both ends of the run

STEP 4: INSTALL STANDOFF SUPPORTS

  • Field cut standoffs (if necessary)
  • Mark standoff locations on ceiling using plumb bob; place every three feet of run
  • Install standoffs to ceiling
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STEP 5: RAIL & POWER FEED

  • Raise the rail and connect to the power feed and standoffs
  • Make sure power connections are very tight
  • Turn on the power; use a voltmeter to ensure the proper voltage

STEP 6: ADD ELEMENTS

  • Shorten pendants if necessary
  • Install accessories and lamps Note: 24 volt transformers require 24 volt lamps
  • Place elements on system ensuring tight connections
  • Insert metal set screw to determine which circuit will switch the element

STEP 7: RUN THE SYSTEM FOR 20 MINUTES

  • Turn off the system and check for any connections that are hot to the touch. Warm is acceptable. Note: it is normal for halogen lamps to generate heat. Those that are hot must be retightened.
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WIRE SIZE TABLE

Low-Voltage Wire Size Table
Use this chart to determine the correct THHN wire size for an acceptable 3 percent drop in voltage at the specified wattage. The length shown is the length of wire from the remote transformer to the electrical J-box.
    5 ft. 6-15 ft. 16-20 ft. 21-40 ft. 41-60 ft. 61-90 ft.
12 VOLT 150 watt 12 ga. 8 ga. 6 ga. 4 ga. 2 ga. 1 ga.
  300 watt 10 ga. 6 ga. 4 ga. 1 ga. 1/0 ga. 3/0 ga.
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PLEASE NOTE:

  • This outline covers only the most common MonoRail System applications, but MonoRail System is very versatile. For other MonoRail System system options, call us at 866.203.5392.

Visual Instruction:

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PLEASE NOTE BEFORE INSTALLATION BEGINS:
The first step in designing your Two-Circuit MonoRail system is to determine what it is you are trying to light. You’ll need to decide where the heads, pendants, or functional art should be installed to put light where you want it, and which elements will be controlled by each circuit. The placement of the conductor metal set screw on the Two-Circuit MonoRail Freejack Connector determines which circuit is controlling the head or pendant. See Low-Voltage Fixtures for thumbnails of all available fixtures. Refer to the indicated spec sheets for detailed specifications, including lamp type and maximum wattage. Choose your fixtures then add accessories if desired. We offer a broad range of colorful and decorative accessories and functional optical controls.

 
 
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