Linear Suspension

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Linear suspension fixtures allow design flexibility while providing ambient and task lighting for a room. This type of lighting works well in many situations, particularly where there are higher ceilings and it would be difficult to get adequate light with ceiling fixtures. They are also chosen for their graceful and simple lines. They complement modern interiors such as lofts and integrate well into contemporary architecture.

Linear Suspension Lighting Is Versatile

Suspension fixtures come in many sizes, but all have the same basic components. Cables attach the fixture to the ceiling. The length of the cable depends on the height of the ceiling and the desired amount of light. Ballasts transfer electricity, which in the case of low voltage fixtures first passes through a transformer. This unit reduces the voltage to less than thirty volts for shockproof operation. Lamps are installed according to the fixture design.

One of the advantages of linear suspension lighting is in its flexibility. In spaces with high ceilings, it solves the problem of getting adequate lighting to the ground level. Suspension fixtures can be raised or lowered to whatever height is best for the particular room. Once in place, they cast ambient light in large spaces, and task lighting in areas such as the kitchen or dining room.

Small linear suspension fixtures can be placed over a table to create a unique alternative to the standard chandelier or pendant fixture. This kind of versatility is only possible with a fixture that is designed for custom applications. Some designs allow the light to be distributed by way of louvers or rotational bases, adding even more function to the fixture.


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