Standard Pipe Grid

Standard Pipe Grid

Pipe grids are ideal for most any space where the ability to hang lighting and re-arrange lighting equipment is required. Pipe grids can be particularly beneficial in studios, with limited height as they can be installed within inches of the ceiling and still allow for clamping up light fixtures. It is common to find pipe grids in black box theatres, broadcast studios, media/CCTV rooms, practice rooms, theatre labs, experimental theatres, photography studios and even certain Proscenium theatres with limited stage height.

Pipe Grid CCTV Room

Our standard grid specification is based on a linear foot live load of 30 pounds per foot. Special considerations are required for heavier loads, especially point loads. Examples of a heavy point load might be a 250+ pound speaker or TV monitor

The standard pipe grid consists of 1-1/2" schedule 40 steel pipe battens crossing at right angles. The upper level of battens run in one direction and is suspended from the building structure. The lower level of battens is clamped perpendicular to the upper pipe battens. Our cross clamps are the heaviest duty found in the industry. Our clamps lock the crossing pipes together at a perfect 90 degrees.

For lateral stability, at least two ends of the pipe grid should be attached to walls. This attachment can be a support shelf running the full width of the grid along each wall, or individual wall flange brackets.
Suspension methods vary widely. IAstage offers suspension/installation hardware that allows for efficient installations for any facility. As a general rule, the maximum spacing for grid hangers should never exceed 12 feet in any direction.

Pipe Grid

Please contact us for more information: or call 1-877-302-4274
Note: It is helpful if you provide drawings or sketches with as much of the following information as possible:

  • Elevation drawing showing floor to roof framing and floor to desired grid.
  • Dimension of the room in plan showing the extent of grid coverage desired.
  • Roof framing plan. Identify ceiling structure. I-beams, truss or concrete?
  • Any obstruction - ductwork, conduit, sprinklers?
  • Although we will work from napkin sketches, Autocad drawing make the process of budgeting, and providing accurate layouts much quicker.
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