wall track – wall48 & wall
Buschfeld wall track formed the basis for the LightLight collection. Professor Hans Buschfeld developed the lighting system in 1989, his goal being to enable appropriate lighting solutions for works of art – driven by his dissatisfaction with the poor solutions available to date for illuminating pictures. In conjunction with your planning, the underlying concept with regard to mounting the wall track, and the track layout itself, is the same for both LightLight (12 volt) and Sense System (48 volt). The modular system, which comprises a range of system components such as corner connectors, feed points and sections of track, enables you to design a layout to meet the requirements of the given space. Assembling a track layout is comparable to stringing pearls: the system components and sections of track are pieced together step by step, also enabling you to change direction if required. Sections of track of different lengths can be interconnected and mounted to align with the height, width and depth of the space.
Below you will find examples of the most common applications, indicating which components are used in combination with the wall-mounted track. The product numbers quoted are to be read as examples; they apply to components with a white finish.
The track is fixed in place on the wall (or ceiling) using mounting clips. In the case of wall mounting, it is also possible to hang pictures on the track and illuminate them accordingly. The track layout (see above) shows the corners of the space: 90°angle connector, external horizontal-horizontal, and 90° angle connector internal horizontal-horizontal. The track can also be mounted at an angle, aligned to a staircase for example: 70-290° articulated connector horizontal-inclined.
Buschfeld wall-mounted track is designed for the illumination and hanging of pictures. The picture luminaires extend way above the picture itself and illuminate the artwork to an optimum. The picture can be hung on the luminaire itself, or hung separately using cables or picture frame rods. Feel free to combine the picture luminaires with spotlights to provide general lighting in the space. The sections of track can be mounted horizontally and/or vertically on "flat" walls. For example, in order to gain access to the power supply, which may be outside the field of vision. 90°angle connectors, external horizontal-vertical, and 90° angle connectors, internal horizontal- vertical, are then applied. External or internal refers to the inner conductor in the lower channel in the track (shown encased in a dark sleeve in the detailed graphics in the diagram above). The majority of luminaires designed for installation on wall-mounted track can be tilted through 180° and can be rotated through 360°. To enable this level of flexibility, the luminaire is designed with a cantilever arm, a feature that is indicated in the product name: Max-W (for Wall) or Ninety-Five side S.
Wall track can also be mounted on the ceiling: the track profile then looks very similar to a ceiling trim, but with a designated function (see ill.). When mounting on a lintel, please take care that it is safe to drill near to the edge. If the cable conductor is aligned to point directly into the open space, Pend und Ceiling system luminaires are highly suitable. When fixtures are to be positioned somewhere beneath the ceiling surface, it is advisable to opt for luminaires mounted on cantilever arms, which can then be directed downwards (not illustrated).
A particularly minimalist way of using wall track is to mount it purposefully to create a freestanding luminaire without a base. This makes absolute sense in confined spaces. Using mirror tape the wall track can be fixed firmly onto a window pane or any other smooth surface, for example. Power feed and control gear must not be forgotten, of course.
Buschfeld track systems offer numerous advantages, including minimum dimensions and simple installation: lighting fixtures can be mounted, added or replaced subsequent to the original installation, for example on bookshelves (see ill.). The small clips provided for the wall track are first screwed into the shelf and the track then simply clicked into place by pressing it gently onto the clips. The feed point for the power supply is positioned on the top right-hand side. Feed points may be located in all directions – above the mounted track, to the left or right, or flush-mounted – offering you maximum flexibility. The control gear can be positioned on the top of the furniture, as shown in the example, or located further away.
Two cross sections (see ill. above): on the left wall track mounted using clips, on the right pendant track using clips for flush mounting. Both track options can be applied in one designed track layout: mounted on the wall to illuminate pictures or pendant mounted on the ceiling. The upper side of the track is sealed and slightly curved, making it similar in appearance to a ceiling trim. The wall track is thus clearly aligned within the space, which becomes immediately apparent as soon as users of the space take a closer look at the system. The pendant track using clips for flush mounting is a new option. The track profile is smooth with no edges. A cable or a Led Line uplighter module can be run through the upper section of the track profile. The newly developed clip for flush mounting enables Buschfeld to come up with completely new ideas for track system applications. Such as the “Full House: Design by Stefan Diez” exhibition at the MAKK (Museum of Applied Arts) in Cologne, where custom track solutions were elegantly integrated into the uniquely designed shelving system.
Dimensions in millimetres. Mounting heights can be adjusted to meet individual requirements. It should be noted that the picture luminaires tend to tilt downwards slightly due to their own weight. In the case of Ninety-Five side S luminaires and control gear in design housings mounted on the wall track, make sure you allow for a distance of at least 50 mm to the ceiling. – Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!
The modular system on which Buschfeld lighting systems are based provides numerous advantages: you can design track layouts to suit your/your client’s requirements, using the standard sections of track plus the corner and angle connectors available. When it comes to custom lengths of track or mounting solutions, make a rough sketch of what you are designing and send us an e-mail.