Indirect lighting behind crown moulding

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Old 12-06-02, 11:15 AM
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Indirect lighting behind crown moulding

I'm renovating my tv room and will be putting up some crown moulding. There will be a gap between the ceiling and the top of the crown moulding. I would like to put lighting behind the crown moulding to provide some indirect lighting in the room (via the gap). What kind of lighting should I use and do I need to install an outlet behind the crown moulding as well?
 
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Old 12-06-02, 12:47 PM
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Indirect lighting behind crown molding

I have seen rope lighting used behind crown molding. The lights will, of course, need to be plugged into an electrical outlet.
 
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Yeah, rope light is definitely the best way to go with that, but as twelepole says, you have to plug it in somewhere. Use a switched outlet so that you can put a dimmer or just a on/off switch on it. Dimmers, of course, provide a much nicer effect.
 
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Old 12-06-02, 06:17 PM
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If the gap will be more than 6 inches or so, install 4' flourescent tube fixtures end to end. Besure that there is enough room to remove the ballast and tubes for maintenance.

Also note, that if the gap is too small, you will get almost no light out of anything behind the crown.
 
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That's a good idea. Only problem with flourescent fixtures is that if you want to be able to dim them, you have to have special fixtures.

And that's a good point about the gap being too small to. I'd say if it's less than about 3", it's pretty much useless. The average "tray" for rope light is about 4-5" usually.
 
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If you want to dim flour lamps, its a special ballast and dimmer. Fixture is the same.
 
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Yeah, you're right Ron, sorry, that's what I meant.
 
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