×

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Freejack Lighting in 2021

Looking for the best freejack Lighting System for your project? We’ve put together our freejack component buying guide and simplified the process to help you choose and build your own solution.

Let’s get started. 

Table of Contents

Choose-freejack-lighting

How to Choose Freejack Lighting

A Freejack lighting system is a sleek modern method of connectivity between a light source and the power that runs it. The freejack lighting solution adapts pendants and light heads to quickly mount to canopies and monorails with the freejack port.

Successfully choose and design your own freejack lighting with this step by step guide to build your own system from our selection of best selling freejack components from quality manufacturers.

Power

Step 1: A transformer is required to reduce the line voltage down to a safe to touch 12V extra low voltage that is fed into the freejack canopy to power the lighting. This is done first as your choice of location for the transformer will determine the type of canopy that can deliver that power.

Surface Mount Transformer

A surface mounted transformer is hidden within the canopy on the ceiling. This means the size of the canopy has to accommodate the power supply.

#choice of surface mount

Remote Transformer

A remote transformer is hidden from view within the ceiling or elsewhere within the room. This means the size of the canopy can be low profile and discrete.

The capacity of the transformer will determine the load from your chosen quantity of light fittings, ie how many you can put onto one system. These remote transformers will need to hidden from view near to the power feed that connects to the freejack.

150W Remote transformer: Check Current Price

300W Remote Transformer: Check Current Price

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is KL-150W-Transformer.jpg

Choose a Canopy

Step 2: Your choice of freejack canopy is determined by the surface you are mounting it onto and where you want to position the light. If the power cables travel to the canopy within the space behind the ceiling you can choose a standard shallow canopy that fixes to a standard 4” round or 4” square junction box.

Freejack Single Port Canopy

Freejack Surface Mount with Integral Transformer

If it needs to be surface mounted then we suggest using a canopy with integral transformer

Will you need more than one light source?, For example: Over a stairwell a collection different height pendants can drop from the ceiling from a 5 port canopy whereas a single piece of artwork can be lit from one light on a monopoint freejack canopy.

Freejack 3 Port Canopy

Freejack 5 Port Canopy

Freejack Light Heads

Step 3: Now it’s time to select the light sources beginning with the directional lighting. The heads are connected to the freejack canopy or monorail and a quick method to introduce task, ambient and accent lighting depending on how you use them.

See Best Freejack Heads 

Tech Lighting One Light Freejack Head

Monorail-one-light-head

Freejack Pendants

Step 4 : Your choice of freejack pendant is from a broad range of choices offered by the manufacturer of your choice of freejack connection. 

See Best Freejack Pendants 

1. Mini Ella Glass Freejack Pendant

Mini-Ella-Freejack

FAQs

Can a Freejack Connector Be Fitted to Any Light?

The beauty of easily changing a light fixture from a fixed point is appealing, so why not add a freejack connector to any pendant? Well you can, but it will have to be a low voltage pendant or head as the freejack system runs at 12V.

For lots more on suspended lighting choices check out: The Best Track, Monorail, Freejack & Cable-Lighting

Andrew Orange , the owner of Orange Lighting qualified and worked as an interior designer in 1993 before specialising in lighting working on high profile projects based in London. Since starting Orange Lighting Ltd in 2003 he has been sharing his knowledge and unique teaching style mostly to his designer clients, offering practical real life advice born from running a busy consultancy and lighting supply business. Launching in 2020, his blog has evolved into Quick & Easy Lighting, curating some 25 years design experience into making the lighting choice and design process achievable and easy to understand for all.