|Lets light up the kitchen!
We spent many hours researching the different lighting choices.
We loved the idea of track lighting since we could put it where we wanted the light but we could not find a style that we liked for the curved surfaces. Eventually we discovered a commercial track that offered dual circuits and looked sleek. One can also run it high voltage (120V) or low voltage. We chose to use standard current but that does not limit our fixture choices. If we really liked a low voltage fixture we would add a small transformer right on the track. So the system is very versatile. The problem was that the ceiling mounts where only 90 deg hangers. The assumption is that everyone has a flat ceiling. Boy did we fool them! How would that work on a continuous curved surface? Having such a unique structure makes it difficult for others (the lighting retailer) to sometimes understand what we are talking about so being curious she visited our place and then understood. Contacting the manufacture representative and explaining our needs, she found out that they where in fact coming out with flexible mounts to accomplish what we needed. Although we had to wait another 3 months, we did eventually get the flexible mounts to allow us to use this product.
|Check out the narrow track detail!|
|The first problem is to figure out where the mounts should be placed on the dome. Nothing is flat or straight! Except the track - so we taped the track to the counter top where we wanted the lights to hang.|
|Having a location for the power rail is great but now we must determine
where each hanger should go keeping in mind that it should not be where
you want a light to hang. Working on the counter and marking the hanger
locations on the masking tape we have located where we want each hanger.
Now to transfer this position to the dome?
|Where is that lazier when you need it?
Sometimes resorting to old fashion methods is the best! A plumb bob does a great job of finding the spot to mount the hanger base on the dome.
It does take quite a bit of patience to align the plumb bob to the marks on the tape but persistence pays off!
|A hammer drill and small vacuum hose makes
quick work of drilling the mounting holes.
|Now hammer the lead anchor in place.
(standard anchor purchased from the hardware or big box store)
|Sink the screw threw the base cap.
The hanger arms are threaded and screw into this base.
|All the bases are in the dome!
Woo! That was fun!
Now to figure the length of each support leg - that's even more fun!
|We both worked on this project. While Beth is attaching
the end of the power rail I am taking her picture, holding
the other end of the power rail and balancing on the ladder.
|Looking straight up - the power rail is mounted.
I was so excited I wanted to hang from it and swing
a bit but figured I should probably not do that.
|Each light fixture had to be adjusted to the
proper length and assembled and then hung.
|After much adjustment (left - right & up - down) its finally up!|
|It took the two of us about 9 hours for this project. What a long day but
worth it! We mounted the lights so that the two ends and the middle light
turn on with one switch and the two center light are activated by the second
We have options! Plus the fan also has a light that can be dimmed.