Tips for Using Cove Lighting for the Home Interiors

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Tips for Using Cove Lighting for the Home Interiors

Natasha Kurien Natasha Kurien
Valmark Aastha, 3 BHK - Mr. Anup & Ms. Harshitha Modern living room by DECOR DREAMS Modern
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Choosing the right lights can enhance the appearance of a room by quite a bit, which is why it is vital to give some thought before purchasing lamps and light fixtures for the home. For those who love a soft, warm glow that illuminates a space, cove lighting is the right choice. From ceiling LED lights to concealed lights, there are many options available. Before installing cove lighting fixtures for the home, it is essential to understand where and how they can be used to light up the house. While one can turn to an interior designer or decorator for assistance, this guide provides basic information on everything one needs to know about cove lights!

What is cove lighting?

Living Room Modern living room by De Panache Modern
De Panache

Living Room

De Panache

Cove lighting or ambient luminescence is one of the most basic lighting techniques. It is a type of uplighting where a cove on one or more sides of the room focuses light along the ceiling plane to provide a diffused brightness. Cove lighting is typically mounted or incorporated into a wall, but it can also be located within a false ceiling. By changing the look of a living space, cove lighting details can completely transform the room and add understated elegance to the home. The best part about cove lighting is that one can install it on one’s own! However, It’s always advisable to employ the services of a carpenter, to ensure that everything goes according to plan.

What to consider before installing cove lighting

Valmark Aastha, 3 BHK - Mr. Anup & Ms. Harshitha Modern living room by DECOR DREAMS Modern

Valmark Aastha, 3 BHK—Mr. Anup & Ms. Harshitha


The following points should be considered when installing cove lighting:

• Be aware of the ideal position for the fixtures as any joints or gaps between them tend to show up in the light pattern on the ceiling surface. Depending on the source selection, ensure that there is appropriate spacing between the fixtures.

• The top of the lamp must be level with the cove fascia. To prevent sharp cutoff lines, stop a cove short of the end of the wall or corner.

• Ensure to maintain a minimum clearance of 12 inches at the inside corners to prevent hot spots.

• As the cove’s distance from the plane of the ceiling increases, the uniformity of the ceiling brightness also increases.

How to install cove lights

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de square

Dining room

de square

Installation of cove lights can well be undertaken as a DIY project, especially for those who like to test their handyman skills! The following are the simple steps one should follow to do an excellent job of it:

Mark the wall: Draw reference lines to mark the bottom of the light strip as well as the bottom of the base. Measure down from the ceiling from several different areas of the wall, and be sure to join the dots to achieve a consistent distance between the ceiling and the cove in all parts of the room.

Install LED strip lights: It is often easier to install LED strip lighting on the wall instead of inside the cove. Be sure to fix most of it before the cove is installed. Make sure to leave some tape on the first few feet of the LED strip so that it can be easily pulled from the wall for connecting it to the transformer.

Build the cove: The next step is to secure the base to the wall with 2-inch screws in every stud. Ensure that the screws are fixed high enough so that they get adequately covered by the crown.

Install the crown: Once all the connections are made and tested, fasten the bottom of the crown to the base with brads.

Suitable areas to install cove lights

Picking out the right colours for a ceiling is significant when installing cove lights for the home. Cove lighting can be installed behind see-through or semi-transparent products such as ONYX stone, clear glass or frosted glass. Cove lights are often installed for highlighting a specific design on the material or objects in the room. In fact, concealed strip LED lights can even be installed under tabletops or counters to add a sense of depth. They can also be used beneath tread stairs to add a lovely decorative element. In kitchens, cove lights can be installed on the top of kitchen cabinets for the best finish as the fixtures won’t be visible.

Variants of cove lights

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U and I Designs

False ceiling in the Foyer

U and I Designs

Cove lighting doesn’t necessarily have to be used only as a decorative feature. For instance, it can be used beneath stairways and railings as an alternative source of illumination. They can also be used outdoors. Cove lights come in a variety of colours. However, there are four popular variants:

Fluorescent lights: These lights are long-lasting, producing a harsh light and come in overlapping designs which are made specifically for coves.

LED cove lighting: These are cost-effective, eco-friendly and long-lasting. However, they are more expensive than regular lights.

Low voltage linear lighting: These lights come with moveable lights that allow the mood or atmosphere to be altered from time to time.

Rope lighting: These lights are inexpensive, easy to install and come in various sizes.

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