Are You Hi-Glide Ready?
need for lighting stands and trailing wires. The HiGlide rail system
increases your shooting space and transforms your studio into an
efficient working environment.
As well as creating a better working environment, HiGlide also
provides incredible lighting flexibility. All of your lights,
accessories, power packs and backdrops can be suspended and positioned
exactly where you need them; making the best use of your studio space.
Moving rails allow for quick and easy horizontal positioning while the
wide range of adjustable mountings and extension tubes provide full
height control. Locking devices hold everything together in place so
there is no chance of disturbing your carefully created lighting
set-ups. HiGlide can be used in just about any studio with a wide range
of accessories to ensure that you can create a set-up that will be
perfect for your studio.
Are you HiGlide Ready?
First, check whether you
have enough clearance height for HiGlide to be effective. It is
recommended to have a minimum floor-to-ceiling height of 2.8m and
ideally 3.5m as the optimum height. Next, check the ceiling is going to
be strong enough to support the weight. Remember that it will have to
carry the combined weight of the rail system and all of your equipment.
If you satisfy both of these requirements, you are HiGlide ready.
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) will only be able to move at right angles to the fixed
rail. For larger spaces, three or more fixed rails can be used; three
fixed rails are recommended when using 4.5m moving rails. Consider where
you want to place the lights when drafting your design. You may want to
always shoot in the same position; though the flexibility of HiGllide
creates more adventurous set-ups.
| 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 (bw2633).
Moving rails cannot be extended. At every point where a fixed rail
crosses a moving rail you will need a Double Carriage (bw2603) and for
stability it is recommended that you use at least one Double Carriage
with Brake (bw2620) on each moving rail.
| Step Two
It is very important that you use the
correct fixings for your ceiling, 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 or ceiling). If the ceiling height is too high, use the
Drop Support to lower the height of the fixed rails so that they are at a
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 (bw2604), for heavier items the 6 Wheel Carriage
(bw2628) will allow for easier, more fluid movement. To add items after
your HiGlide has been installed, you can use the Addalite Carriage
(bw2660) which can be fixed to a rail without dismantling the whole
| 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 (bw2652). 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
(bw2622) should be used to counter balance the weight.