SUSPENDING LIGHTING BY ZIP-CLIP

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SUSPENDING LIGHTING BY ZIP-CLIP

Lighting and signage applications both have similarities in their nature with the main two formats being: 

• Individual lighting – such as high bays 

• Linear lighting – such as track or bus bar

Similar best practise should be applied with regard to: 

1.   The correct anchoring system for the ceiling type 

2.  The correct wire suspension to safely support the intended load 

3.   The correct connection method of the wire suspension  to the lighting

Attachments: Many different forms of attachment to lights exist, and manufacturer’s guidelines should always be followed with recommended methods of suspensions. 

Utilise proper fixing points that have been provided by the lighting manufacturer – for example: through holes or ring eyes. 

Where through-holes or side brackets exist, a zip-clip device can be used to directly link a light to a wire support

These can also be retro fitted to any stirrups that accompany lighting track.

Individual lighting systems may be recessed into a false ceiling or be stand-alone units. In both cases the available fixing points should be confirmed and test. 

Secondary light supports: The Zip-Clip RIZE system lends itself to being used as a failsafe solution. By utilising an all-round loop all forms of lighting can be secured against collapse. 

Strikes: Areas such as Sports Halls present issues such as ball strikes to light fittings. This has the knock on effect of creating shock loads that are transferred to the suspension. Where the likelihood of this occurring is high it is advisable to use heavier duty suspensions.

Some Do’s and a few Don’ts: 

•  Zip-Clip supports are designed for static loads only. Any dynamic loading should be avoided 

•  Always follow the lighting manufacturer’s recommendations on approved methods of suspension 

•  Always use the manufacturers anchor points to connect the lighting to the wire suspension 

•  Pay attention to the load and ensure that wire suspensions are not used beyond the recommended Safe Working Load (SWL)

•  Make sure the fixing or anchor utilised is suitable for the intended base material and the required load 

•  Vibration – it is not advised to support lighting from anything that causes vibration 

•  Swaying must always be avoided.  The use of additional bracing should be considered 

•  External locations or installations near open doors could be subject to wind loadings and should be designed appropriately

•  Ensure wire exit tails are 150mm in length. Tails can be tied to the main wire rope using cable ties 

•  Frayed wire ropes must always be replaced •  Always remove the weight from the suspension before adjustment. This will allow for ease of adjustment and prevent pig tailing of the wire rope – which should be avoided 

•  Do not mix Zip-Clip components with other manufacturers products 

•  Carry out regular inspections and maintenance

Please contact our dedicated Zip-Clip technical team for more information or help with your solution on technical@dpbuildingsystems.co.uk, 0121 706 7777 or by visiting their online suppliers shop - Click Here

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