Track Suspension

  • 4 Ways to Save Lots of Money on Your Next Track Lighting Project

    As more and more states are lifting capacity restrictions, we are seeing an uptick in track lighting projects. Whether these businesses are remodeling or starting new, we know businesses have limited resources and time to get things up and running. For some time now, 8’ track has been the go-to length for many commercial track lighting projects. But what if there was a way to be under budget on your next project?  We have 4 reasons why you should consider using 6’, 4’, or even 2’ power track lengths in your next project. 

    The Takeaway

    1 - Using shorter lengths of track on your project is usually less expensive than using 8’ track

    2 - 6’ track suffers less damage when shipping and has a smaller minimum order requirement than 8’ track.

    3 - By using our 2’, 4’, and 6’  power track lengths, you can build almost any configuration

    4 - 6’ track uses the same number of hanging points if you are using our suspension system.


    Using 6’ power track saves money


    If you could save over $200 dollars on your project, would you? Of course! Let’s say you are installing a 48-foot track system. As per the graphic, eight pieces of 6’ track will cost approximately $300; whereas, six pieces of 8’ foot track will cost over $500. 


    48ft power track cost

    Since both systems come in a single box, why is the 8' track system more expensive? The simple answer: shipping. Because no one wants to ship a 101-inch long box, shipping carriers charge fees to discourage it. If you want more information on the intricacies of shipping, check out our “The True Costs of Free Shipping” video.


    Increase Shipping Damages


    damaged power track shipping boxHave you ever tried shipping a 101 inch tube weighing about 3 pounds? Well, it is not pretty. Due to the hardware needed to install the track, the 8’ track comes in a 101 inch long tube. A single piece of track doesn’t do well on the conveyor belt or transport trucks. For this reason we have a minimum quantity requirement. We found that six or more pieces of 8’ track transport better than one to five. 


    However, even with our special care to packing, the track can arrive damaged. Imagine getting a  box like this the day before installation. Nothing is more frustrating and costly than damaged materials.

    When Time is Money


    track lighting suspension system furniture storeMost 8’ foot track lighting projects can be configured using 6’, 4’, and even 2’ track sections. Why is this important? Besides the hundreds of dollars of savings from shipping and damages, shorter lengths are easier to install. Trying to manage an 8’ long wobbly track can get quite tiresome, believe me. What if you want to suspend your track? Well, we got you covered there too. 6’ track uses the same number of hanging points when using our track lighting suspension system. An easier and faster install can make all the difference when staying on budget.


    Here at Total Lighting Supply, we have over 30 years of experience designing all types of commercial projects, galleries, restaurants, and retail spaces. All of our track parts work together, are affordable, and all of them are H style. We know track lighting and track suspension.


    Thank you for dropping by our website. We are a small family business. No matter where you shop for your next track lighting project, we encourage you to consider buying from a small business. Have a blessed day!

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  • Suspending Satin Nickel Track Lighting Project

    At Total Track Lighting, we work on track lighting suspension systems every day. Our projects include single circuit track lighting and double circuit track lighting available in black, white and satin nickel. We currently have a project underway and wanted to share it with you. While we are still in the process of finishing this project, it is a great illustration of the type of designs we do on a regular basis.

    On this project, the client wanted to supply black wire from the track up to the ceiling. When you have a ceiling that is dark or black, black wire is a good choice. You will see from the photos here that the white wire, when straightened up, will actually look best on projects with a white ceiling and walls.

    Track Suspension Black Power Cable & Canopy Installation using Black Power Cable & Electrical Canopy Cover
    Track Suspension White Power Cable & Canopy Installation using White Power Cable & Electrical Canopy Cover

    We wanted to share this project in process so you can see just one of the many details we focus on when assisting our clients. We are always trying to get the best look, the easiest installation and outstanding lighting for your project. Our 7 Fast and Easy Steps is the best way to get started. You can also take a look at our Resource Page on suspending track lighting and our gallery of projects. We do everything we can to bring your project in on time and within budget. We have the most complete inventory for hanging track in the world and have been doing it for over 30 years!

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  • New Video Griplock Components Explained

    We just released our latest video on Griplock components. In this video we explain the core parts of the Griplock system and how each are used. If you want to learn more about the Griplock Track Lighting Suspension System then this video is a must to watch!

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  • Griplock Track Lighting Power Feed Strain Relief Overview

    Griplock Power Feed Strain ReliefGriplock is one of the most flexible, easy to install track lighting suspension systems on the market. At first it may seem daunting or confusing but once you get an understanding on how it works for suspending track lighting the possibilities of its use become limitless.

    Gain a little more knowledge in the workings of Griplock in track lighting suspension with our helpful power feed strain relief overview video below. Our seasoned Griplock track lighting designer has years of experience; watch as he briefly explains how the strain relief plays a critical role in securing your power supply cable!


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  • Samy's Camera Gallery Griplock Track Lighting Suspension & Seismic System

    Griplock track lighting suspension system shown here with the Griplock seismic bracing system.

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  • High Horse Gallery Griplock Track Lighting Suspension System in Action

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  • Das Gallery Fine Art Griplock track lighting suspension system installation

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  • Calleis Sussex Griplock Track Lighting Suspension System Installation

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  • GripLock Track Suspension Cable Cutting Tool in action - Video!

    GripLock track suspension Cable cutter ToolSee how easy and simple it is to have the right tool for the job when installing the GripLock track lighting suspension system.

    The GripLock cutting tool makes cutting the track suspension cable a breeze! It makes such a quick an clean cut you'll wonder why you haven't added this tool to your tool bag sooner!

    Get one today!

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  • What the HECK is Griplock??

    If you have a project that involves unusually sloped, curved or high ceilings, our Grip Lock system may be the solution for you. It is affordable, flexible and easy to install. To find out more about this innovative system, check out our video on it.

    How It Works

    Griplock® Grippers are sophisticated in design but simple to use:

    • Insert the cable into the plunger and slide the gripper to the desired position. Where it stops it locks®
    • To re-adjust, simply depress the plunger with your fingertip and move the gripper to a new position. Release the plunger to lock.

    The 3- or 6-ball gripping mechanism is spring-loaded and allows the gripper to move freely up the cable. It cannot move down unless the plunger is depressed.

    While there is any weight at all on the gripper, the plunger cannot be depressed. An optional “safety nut” or “safety cap” can be added to completely lock the mechanism in both directions. The greater the weight, the stronger it grips.

    Glider Internals

    Materials & Finishes

    Griplock® Grippers are made of nickel-plated brass with a few exceptions. Internal mechanisms are comprised of brass and stainless steel. Type-50 and Type-80 Grippers are also available in a black zinc finish. The Retail Display Grippers are finished in satin-chrome. Other finishes are available upon request. Griplock® Keyrings are made of anodized aluminum and come in several colors.

    Materials & Finishes

    Thread Sizes

    Most Griplock® and Industrial/ZF Grippers have either internal or external threads to attach them to the object being suspended. The following chart contains thread and KO (Knock-Out) size information that may be useful, particularly to those in the lighting industry.

    Thread size chart

    About Aircraft Cable

    Aircraft Cables, also known as wire ropes, have diameters ranging from 1/32” to 1/4” and are composed of six steel strands wound around a seventh steel stranded core.

    This stranded steel core adds strength and crush-resistance to the cable. Aircraft cable is classified by the number of strands in the cable multiplied by the number of wires in each strand. For example, the notation 7x7 indicates that the cable has seven strands made up of seven wires in each strand. Similarly, the notation 7x19 indicates that the cable has seven strands made up of nineteen wires in each strand. The greater the number of wires, the greater the flexibly of the cable. Griplock® Cables are 7x7 or 7x19 galvanized or stainless steel (304 or 316) medium-to-high tensile strength aircraft cable.

    NOTE: Aircraft cable was developed, and is still used today, to provide a direct mechanical link between an aircraft’s controls and its crucial and hard-to-reach control functions.

    Cable Spool, 7 x 7 Cable, and Cable Terminals

    Galvanized & Stainless Steel Aircraft Cable

    Galvanized Aircraft Cable (also known as GAC) is composed of wires that, prior to stranding, have been zinc-plated to prevent corrosion. These cables are an effective and economical alternative to stainless steel in mild environments. Griplock®’s standard stainless steel cable is constructed of 304 Stainless Steel. 316 Stainless Steel is also available to add extra corrosion resistance, but it has lower break strength than 304 Stainless Steel cable. Both 304 Stainless Steel and Galvanized Aircraft Cable have approximately the same break strengths.

    Cable Sleeves & Terminals

    Sleeves and terminals (also known as stop-sleeves, stops, crimps and swages) are molded or crimped to the end of a cable, allowing the cable to be captured by a cable coupler or other non-mechanical holder which attaches the cable to a structure or fixture.

    Zinc Die-Cast (ZDC) Terminals are molded to a cable end that has been “bird-caged”, allowing the molten zinc to adhere to each individual wire. This technology has proven itself in the automotive and aviation industries. Griplock® Systems offers a comprehensive range of ZDC terminals.

    Swaged Terminals can be made of steel, stainless steel, aluminum or copper and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

    Both types of Griplock® terminal are guaranteed to hold the full published break weight of the cable. U.S. Wire Rope Specifications

    NOTE: Griplock® Systems does not recommend field-installing swaged terminals onto cable. Griplock® Systems waives any liability for accidents resulting from field- or non-factory-installed swages and terminals.

    Griplock® vs. Griplock® Industrials/Cablefast

    Griplock® Grippers are designed and engineered by Griplock®. Produced by technically sophisticated manufacturers under Griplock®’s stringent Quality Control program, the shells and moving parts are machined to three decimal point specifications, assuring 100% reliability of performance. In addition to its own product line, Griplock® is the exclusive distributor in North and Central America and the Caribbean for grippers manufactured by Reutlinger GmbH of Frankfurt, Germany. The Griplock® Gripper line ranges from Micro-Grippers for 1/32” cable to the new Type-120 Grippers for 1/2” cable, and encompasses over 400 different designs.

    GRIPLOCK® INDUSTRIAL/CABLEFAST® ZF GRIPPERS are born from Griplock®’s long experience in the cable suspension field. They are U.S designed and are built to Griplock®’s specifications. The product range is limited to the most commonly used grippers in the industry. They are designed and priced to compete in an increasingly budget-driven market, while giving engineers & specifiers more pounds of reliable pull-strength per dollar than any other gripper on the market. This group of grippers is designated by “ZF” at the beginning of their part numbers.

    Weight loads for ZF Grippers are lower than for Griplock® Grippers. Please refer to the Weight Load Chart specifically for ZF Grippers.

    Quality Control

    As all manufacturers and installers know, suspending objects safely over people’s heads is their first and most critical responsibility. At Griplock® Systems Safety is their number one concern. Each and every gripper is a precision-built machine. Failure is not an option.


    Note: portions of this article reprinted with permission from the nice folks at Griplock®

    Always use a liscensed electrician and be sure that your lighting project is in compliance with local building codes.

    We welcome your comments, send us your questions and we may just use that as a blog topic! And, send us your 'before' and 'after' project pictures-we'd love to see them!



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