Indirect LED cove illumination is like a bow on a meticulously wrapped present. It’s the perfect accent piece that supports every other element of a space’s look and is beautiful in its own right. LED cove lighting systems are specifically designed to produce this kind of accent light, with impressive power and a low profile that makes them easy to conceal.
Once installed in a residential setting, cove lighting will bring out the subtle features in a room, making colors appear more vivid and imparting an intimate, cozy feel. In commercial applications, cove lighting can be used to great effect, creating a professional and elegant appearance.
What is Cove Lighting?
Cove lighting refers to hidden illumination that directs light upwards. This design adds dimension to interior architecture and design by adding a layer of accent lighting in otherwise unreachable places that function to blend general lighting with decorative lighting and fill the entirety of the room with a sense of completion. Architectural features or an entire ceiling can be showcased with this type of hidden illumination.
In this elegant dining room, you can see how cove lighting truly enhances the space and holds its own in the hierarchy of lighting. Even among the wall sconces, accent lights, and an ornate chandelier, the cove lighting stands out brilliantly in the room and adds dimension to the ceiling.
Why LED is the Best Option in Cove Lighting
Further value is added with your choice in lamp types – cove lighting fixtures can be fitted with incandescent, xenon, or LED festoon lamps. However, LED is the best option on the market in terms of cove lighting.
Another excellent advantage that LED cove lights offer is energy savings without compromise of lighting quality. Far more attractive than fluorescent equivalents, they are nonetheless competitively efficient due to their low-voltage engineering design and their fully dimmable lighting control mechanisms.
In terms of commercial applications, we see more and more restaurants and hotels choosing LED to save on energy costs and buffer their overhead against a sluggish market.
Installing Cove Lighting in New Buildings
LED light strips are ideal cove lights to install in new construction projects. Most public buildings, new houses, and new office buildings have some type of cove or variance at or near the ceiling. Installing cove lighting in these areas adds aesthetic and contributes an additional functional element to the building– provided you use a flexible cove lighting source that can be adapted to virtually any environment. It also adds value to new construction pricing when you install a cove lighting source that can be controlled by the user, and that can be custom made to seamlessly mount to any environment and any radius bend. Cove lighting strips fulfill all three of these requirements in the form of a low-profile and flexible light strip that will fit in building coves as small as 3” from the ceiling and wall.
In new construction homes and offices that have extraordinarily narrow coves or valances, linear strips offer a distinct advantage over fluorescent light fixtures. Fluorescent transformers and fixtures are clearly visible in these narrow coves and can detract from the ambiance effect of the light itself. The same quality of lighting can be achieved with a cove light without revealing its visible presence because it can be field cut or notched to bend and follow any radius along a serpentine cove. Its narrow design also makes it ideal for kitchen soffits, beam trusses, and valances.
Where Is Cove Lighting Typically Found?
In homes – Indirect led cove lighting can add elegance and dimension to dining rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, offices, and libraries. However, there are some more unique applications to consider as well. In home theaters or media rooms, the use of colored cove lighting (usually blue) adds an exciting element to the movie-watching experience. When installed on exposed beams in the ceiling, cove lighting illuminates architectural features that usually go unnoticed, adding a whole new dimension to the space. LED cove lighting installed beneath cabinets along the toe kicks or on the underside of stair steps can provide both form in terms of enhanced aesthetic and function in terms of increased safety and way-finding capabilities.
In businesses – In commercial buildings, LED strip lighting is ideal for lobbies, meeting rooms or office settings. Office workers are often subjected to harsh, withering fluorescent lighting that makes everything appear lifeless. It’s a struggle to be productive while being washed out by this cold lighting. LED fixtures are much more inviting and show that a company cares about the impression it makes. This is also important when interacting with clients, so LED strips are also a good fit in lobbies. Many companies choose to backlight their logo or artwork in their office lobbies, creating an eye catching effect that can leave a meaningful impression. In more informal commercial settings, like restaurants, backlighting can make an enormous impact on how people perceive the business.