We removed an L-shaped breakfast counter and put in an island about 4ft away. Installed the new power canopy over the hole of the old recessed fixture that had lit the counter (rather than running wires above the ceiling and patching the hole that would have been left). Began the monorail track 2ft behind the canopy and ran it in a 90 degree arc to center over one end of the new island....then in a sweeping series of "S" curves above the 60 inch island, with a final 90 degree arced run to mirror the initial arc.
Found it very easy to free-form the track using only my hands. I used tin cutters to snip off about an inch of the center rail plate that protrudes after bending each section. Used all 11 stand offs (as several are required to support the S curves). CAUTION: be careful about orientation of the track....these fixtures can rotate up and down, but cannot be rotated 180 degrees right or left to aim the spots!! After the heads were installed on the finished track, I had to readjust the track connectors and gently "twist" the rails on either side of the connectors to guarantee electrical contact was carried to the next rail section (just work out from the power source).
Three heads point nearly straight down onto the island. One points 60 degrees down to the wall opposite and one is mounted on the 2 ft section behind the power canopy to provide visual balance.
We intend to convert some (or all) fixtures to dimable GU 10 LED bulbs (reducing the total draw to under 100 watts). We may then hang 2 down pendants over the island and redirect 3 fixtures currently aimed downward. With LED bulbs the total wattage should still be less than 3 of the halogen bulbs included.
Great project for the money and avoids the hassles of transformers for a 12 V track
Went up just fine. Looks great. Put them in an office break-room. Color of bulbs is a bit more yellow than daylight florescent; But, it is fine, as every one turns the florescent off now, because they love these new lights! I bought them just for accent lights, but the staff loves them so much that I may have to add another one, and get rid of the florescent. As the room I have in needs more light than these can produce.
This was the 2nd Kovak of same design. I had the same problem installing them. If you assemble the parts on a flat surface making sure the contacts in the track don't move when pushing them together it will work fine. The contacts have a problem sliding so that the positive or negative contacts don't conduct electricity to the second track. Lights won't work. It is really difficult to rectify this problem up on a ladder, with stanchions fastened to the ceiling. It takes 2 people to put it up on ceiling. I drew the pattern on a sheet of paper and taped to the ceiling. I used a drill to place the holes where I wanted them for the stanchions, took the pattern down, and assembled the stanchions first. Then put the track up, and it went without a hitch. Nice looking and really lights up the hallway. I do like these lights.
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Makes our cherry floor look beautiful!
By Doug O'Brien from Orlando, FL on Oct 20, 2009
Practical, Avid Do-It-Yourselfer
We redecorated our 11' x 12' home office with Brazilian cherry wood flooring and we wanted a 120 volt ceiling-mounted lighting solution that would give both ambient lighting and spot lighting so that the natural beauty of our new floor would come alive, but also be able to highlight pictures on the wall. This light set sure does all that and more. The five lights are very bright and provide plenty of light even from our 10' ceilings. The lights pointed toward the floor make the rich red-brown wood come alive with all its beautiful grain. The lights that point toward the printer, bookcases, and diplomas do their job perfectly, too. The tracks are very flexible and east to work with. When installing, try to make sure the stanchion that comes out of the power connection is as plumb as possible. Otherwise the track won't be plumb either. Highly recommended!