Studio Rail Systems


Let's get started!

You will need a minimum of two fixed/static rails which will be attached parallel to each other on the ceiling. These should be placed approximately 1.8m apart so that the moving rail(s), when placed at 90° to the fixed rail, have up to 60cm overhang at each end. If the fixed rails are too far apart, the moving rail(s) will only be able to move at right angles to the fixed rails.

For larger spaces, three or more fixed rails can be used; three fixed rails are recommended when using 4.5 moving rails.

Consider where you want to place your lights when drafting your design. You may want to always shoot in the same position; though the flexibility of HiGlide creates more advantageous set-ups. If you draw a plan of your shooting space, you can start to design a system that will be best for you.

Draw Your Studio Plan


The Steps

Step One

You should have an idea of how long the rails will need to be for your studio.

If you need longer rails, the fixed rails can always be extended using Rail Joining Plates (BW-2633). Moving rails cannot be extended.

At every point where a fixed rail crosses a moving rail you will need a Double Carriage (BW-2603) and for stability it is recommended that you use at least one Double Carriage with Brake (BW-2602) on each moving rail.

Step Two

It is very important that you use the correct fixings for your ceiling or support system, and that you use enough of them to safely support the weight of the HiGlide system and all the equipment being suspended from it.

Always attach to a load bearing part of the structure (wall,ceiling or support system). If the ceiling height is too high, use the Drop Support to lower the height of the fixed rails so that they are at the correct level. It is important that the fixed rails are level when secured or the moving rails will not stay in position.

Step Three

By now you will have decided how many items you are going to hang from the rails. Everything will need a carriage to mount it onto the rail.

For lighter weight items use a Single Carriage (BW-2604), for heavier items the 6 Wheel Carriage (BW-2628) will allow for easier, more fluid movement.

To add items after your HiGlide has been installed, you can use the Addalite Carriage (BW-2628) will allow for easier, more fluid movement.

Step Four

If your lights are always at the same height then a fixed Length Extension Tube can be used along with an additional Adaptor Spigot (BW-2652).

The LiteLift Pantographs allow lights to be easily raised and lowered. Each LiteLift is supplied with type 1 & 2 springs. If the item you are mounting weighs more than 5.4Kg you will need additional stronger type 3 & 4 springs.

If you plan to use heavy accessories on your lights a Centre of Gravity Bar (BW-2622) should be used to counter balance the weight.


Getting Started

Here's an easy way to get started with the HiGlide system.

Once you know your setup and have your rails, this set contains everything you need (except the rails) to create a three head HiGlide system. It is also a good basis for many other HiGlide configurations and is great for most small to medium sized studios.

BW-2630/A HiGLide Starter Kit 2/o Rails

  • 6 x BW-2629 Short Fixing Bracket

  • 2 x BW-2603 Double Carriage

  • 2 x BW-2620 Double Carriage w/ Brake

  • 3 x BW-2604 Single Carriage

  • 3 x BW-2608 LiteLift Pantograph

  • 5 x BW-2607 Cable Transfer Runners


Which Springs to use?

The type of spring you will need to combine with the LiteLift Pantograph will depend on the weight of the equipment you are attaching to it.

Use this table to ensure you have the correct spring combination to safely support your equipment. You can use up to four springs on each LiteLift Pantograph.

Example: If the equipment you are attaching to the LiteLift Pantograph weighs 15.4kg, you will need to use two 'Type 4' springs (9.0kg - 10.0kg) and two 'Type 2' springs (5.4kg - 7.3kg).