URail installation

LED URail rail system - From planning to installation

Hello, my name is Jens, and welcome to Paulmann's World of Light on YouTube.

Today I'm helping friends to install a URail system in the kitchen, and I'll show you how easy it is to plan using the URail brochure. Let's go!

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Using the URail brochure, which you can find in your local DIY store or download from the website, you can easily plan your rail system.

Planning

I've already measured the kitchen, together with cupboards and power outlet, and sketched out a floor plan. The rail should extend from the power outlet once along the kitchen cupboards and in the other direction over the worktop all the way to the kitchen table.
And if you're interested in knowing why exactly this rail layout was chosen, and the kind of lighting conditions that can be produced using different bulbs, take a look at Anita's video.

1. Power source

In an ideal scenario, the ceiling power outlet is positioned exactly on your planned rail system. If this is the case, you can use this power source and install directly onto it.
If the 230V power outlet is beside your planned rail system, the best thing is to use this power source with an extra power cable to supply your URail system with electricity.

2. Rails

The rails are available in lengths of 2m, 1m, 50cm and 10cm. Your rail system can even be used on pitched roofs of up to 45°. Only a qualified electrician may shorten these rails. A power connection which you can shorten yourself is also available as an accessory.
Out from the power source we firstly need a rail 50cm in length. Along the kitchen cupboards, a 10cm and 2m rail. Over the worktop to the kitchen table we'll take a 2m, a 1m and a 2m rail.

3. Connectors

The rails must of course be connected to each other. I position the line connector on the straight section and behind the power source. We take this L connector, which can be used to the left or right, along the corner.
If you wish to lay rails in several directions, take the T or X connector. These are particularly flexible with the flex connector or max connector. With the latter you can even compensate for a height difference of up to 30cm.
In our case, rails go in two directions from one side of the power source. Here the T connector is used behind the 50cm rail element. We place the L connector between the rail above the worktop and the rail above the dining table.

4. Switch on/off & dim

If you want to be able to switch a section on or off or dim it individually, you can install an infrared switch. This will be positioned between the areas to be separated like a connector and can be turned on by remote control. We have decided that the kitchen cupboard lighting should be operated and dimmed separately.

The current IR switch (95070 / 95071) only works with URail spotlights with replaceable and dimmable bulbs. With LED spotlights with fixed circuit boards, only the ON/OFF function can be used.
A new product, which allows LED spotlights to be dimmed and switched on and off, will be available from the start of 2016.

By the way, if you don't want to put together all the elements individually, like I've done, you can also purchase a basic set. As soon as you have everything together, you can begin installation.

5. Power source installation

As you can see, I've already pre-installed a part of the rail system. The power source is located exactly here, beneath the ceiling power outlet. From there I start laying the rails in these various directions.

6. Marking out rail layout

The layout of the rails should be marked out precisely in advance. Measure the distance between the holes on the rails precisely beforehand, so that your makings on the ceiling can be used exactly for the hole and dowels. To mark the holes, I lay the rails directly on the surface. Now you can install and screw in the rail elements section by section.

7. Connecting rails

Make sure that your rails are attached in the right direction. This symbol must be on the same side.

After the rails and connectors have been attached and secured beneath the ceiling, they are now fastened together with the hexagonal key included.

8. Installing spotlights

Finally, all that remains to do is to insert the spotlights into the rail. Make sure you put them in the right direction, this is shown on the spotlights with this label. Regardless of whether they're pendants or spotlights, all are attached the same way. And if you want to reposition them, simply loosen, slide across, retighten, and that's it, you're done.

9. Done

And that's what our finished kitchen looks like!

Here you can see which components I used.

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Best of luck with your installation! Until next time, I'm Jens.

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If you're interested in lighting effects and the selection of lamps for this system, take a look at Anita's video.