What are different types of cove Lighting?
Designer 1 – Cove lighting come in varied colors. The kind of cove light you choose with the color or shade will affect the room ambiance. Here are 4 types of cove lights prevalently used…
Rope Lights – These are most inexpensive, easy to install cove lights. They use minimal electricity as compared to any other lighting type. Rope Lights provide a soft glow.
Fluorescent Lights – Fluorescent lights last for pretty long time. Unlike rope lights, these are harsh lights. To get control over glow, home owners can get dimmable stabilizers installed.
Liner Lights – Low voltage liner lights come with portable lights allowing home owners to create the ambiance they want.
LED Lights – LED lights are the cost-effective, ecofriendly lights that last for very long time.
Can Cove Lights be used to highlight props in fixtures or display areas?
Designer 1 – Home owners could have indirect LED lights installed to highlight artifacts and other props. Like there could a niche created in wall where indirect lights could be installed on upper side to highlight artifact displayed on shelves below.
Designer PITCH – Before you do this, plan. Think that this set-up is going to stay for next 15-20 years. Such areas need lot of care and cleaning on daily basis. Also lights installed to highlight display props are Spot Lights and not cove lights. Only if you really want such display areas, then go ahead, otherwise Cove lights are typically used to highlight false ceiling and fixtures.
What rooms are not suitable for Cove Lighting?
Designer PITCH – Avoid Cove lights in Formal Meeting Room and Formal Guest Room since you want brighter and lit up room rather than cozy ambience.
Choosing the right lights can significantly enhance the appearance of a room; therefore there’s a good chance that you put some thought into buying the right lamps and light fixtures for your home. Most of these are direct lighting options, and it has its place. But if you love the soft, warm, glow that gently illuminates a space, then consider cove lighting.
Cove lighting is a form of indirect lighting, where the light is directed towards the ceiling, and the lighting fixtures are concealed. The resulting illumination is soft and diffused, though it needn’t always be so. It works particularly well when placed above crown mouldings or hidden behind valances. You can check out the images below to see how they add to the overall aesthetics of each room:
Cove Lighting in the Foyer
From the moment your guests enter your home, cove lighting in the foyer will give them a warm welcome. You can opt to further enhance the look with a chandelier. An inverted cove might also work just fine.
Cove Lighting in the Living room
Ambient cove lighting concealed behind the crown moulding works with the chandeliers to drench this room in light. The diffused nature of the light gives this room a luxurious feel instead of being harsh and in your face.
Cove Lighting in the Bedroom
Here, strategically placed cove lights subtly draw your attention to the bed. This would have been difficult to achieve with just the table lamps and ceiling light.
Cove Lighting in the Kitchen
Cove lighting needn’t always be soft. This modern kitchen benefits from the fluorescent brilliance of the cove lights, making it a perfect alternative to direct lighting. The pendant lamps above the kitchen island, and the dining table can be switched on while dining to create an intimate feel.
Cove Lighting in the Bathroom
Cove lighting gives this bathroom a futuristic feel, and its harsh glare is muted by the choice of grey tiling and concrete floor. The room would have looked very different if the walls and flooring were of a different hue, therefore you need to choose lighting keeping the overall decorating theme in mind to achieve the final result.
We just saw how cove lights could help brighten up your space. It can also be used to accentuate specific architectural elements in a home.
Similar to recessed spot lights, cove lights can be used to draw attention to certain features such as accent walls and design details on walls and ceilings. In the picture above, the lights help show off the textured wall behind the bathroom mirrors.
Cove Lighting in the Stairway
Cove lighting needn’t always be decorative; it can also serve specific functions. For example, you can use it under stairs and railings to create a classy alternative to well-lit stairs. You could also do the same outside.
Cove lights come in various colors too; therefore the kind of light and the hue you choose can affect the ambience of the room. Here are the four popular varieties of cove lights, namely:
- Rope lighting which is inexpensive, easy to install and comes in differing sizes. It delivers a soft glow.
- Fluorescent lights which come in a particular overlapping design specifically meant for coves. These last for a long time, but produce a harsh light. You can install dimmable ballasts if you want to control the glow.
- Low voltage linear lighting which comes with moveable lights allowing you to create the result you desire. You even have the option of adding a dimmer.
- LED lights which are cost-effective and eco-friendly. These are a bit expensive, but they last for a very long time.
Pay attention to the spacing of lights during installation. Also, try to visualize the outcome to decide on the type of light as well as the color. All these decisions are crucial to achieving the final result – a lovely ambient light that takes the appearance of your interiors up a notch.