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Question about wire or cable used to suspend lights

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I'd like to know what everyone is using for cable on their suspended light systems. I used picture frame wiring but after adjusting it several times its starting to unravel and looks ugly. It also kinks easily and doesn't stay straight because of how light my fixture is. I need to replace it.

I checked the local hardware stores and I haven't been able to find anything I liked. I'm going to need several feet because the cable is suspended from the ceiling
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Most hardware stores around here have spools of wire and you can buy it by the foot. I would go with 1/16" and use these type ferrules to make small loops at the ends. Connect one side to the light fixture, and run it up to your ceiling mounts. Put about a foot of this or similar type chain between the wire loop and ceiling mount so you can adjust the height if needed. Super clean look.

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Thanks for responding. Do you know what kind of wire it is? I haven't seen it around here and I'd like to ask about it by name.
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Thanks for responding. Do you know what kind of wire it is? I haven't seen it around here and I'd like to ask about it by name.
most common is aircraft or airplane cable.. Coated or uncoated..plain stainless steel or galvanized.
https://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplie...;b1a14c72.html
Dozens of fittings..

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Everbilt 1/16 in. Stainless Steel Uncoated Wire Rope-809786 - The Home Depot

Some may call it wire, cable or wire rope. Usually sold next to chain or rope sold by the foot (meter?) Comes on a spool secured to a shelf and you have to get an employee to cut it and give you a ticket to scan at the register so the cashier knows how much and what size to ring up. Can also get galvanized, but stainless steel is only about 2 cents more per foot.
Fishing stores usually have it too, for making leaders for toothy critters. Just make sure the wire and the ferrules are for the same size so it doesn't slip. Will need something to crimp it with to. A wire crimper is ideal but any pliers will work really. You can even hammer it shut. The aluminum ferrules mash pretty easily.

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I like the wire rope that is coated. The plastic coat makes it smooth and easy to wipe the dust/grime off better than the uncoated. Vise-grips are neat for smashing the ferrules.

These are also a really neat way to hang with wire and they can be found but I got this used and have no idea of the name. The fasteners at the ends are a one way gizmo that you push on and it stays. Some type of grip inside which makes a super neat package but when shopping for them they seemed way expensive at the time. Do-overs and I might look for them?

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These are also a really neat way to hang with wire and they can be found but I got this used and have no idea of the name. The fasteners at the ends are a one way gizmo that you push on and it stays. Some type of grip inside which makes a super neat package but when shopping for them they seemed way expensive at the time. Do-overs and I might look for them?
Those are a type of push locks and they do look pretty sleek! They're used a lot for horizontal cable balusters for decks and stair cases.
I like more traditional wood decks and wood (or iron) stair balusters and spindles but that is an awesome use for push locks! Way cooler use for them IMO

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Right! That's why they looked somewhat familiar. The picture is from a few years back and I don't know the name of the light as I never used it but it seems like the same company that made the light also offered the cable setup. Anybody got a name for the light that might lead to a source for the cable?

This is a link to the Push-locks as they might be something to think about for neat?
http://thecableconnection.com/pdfu/push-locks.pdf
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DESIGNED FOR USE WITH 1X19 L.H. LAY STRAND ONLY,,,
in 1/8 or 3/16 dia..
1x19 Wire Rope | Suncor Stainless
Stainless Steel WIRE ROPE 304, 1x19, 1/8", Per Foot | S0702-0003

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There are only a couple manufacturers that I'm aware of. Griplock is the only one I can remember at the moment though. Looks like Total Track Lighting track lights, power track, fittings & connectors, track suspension sells a number of their types. I've found other makes on ebay before as well--search for "cable grippers" or "cable gliders".


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