Cove lighting fixtures provide an indirect source of light that creates a soft glow. They are built into walls and ceilings and can be used as primary or accent lighting. The use of LED bulbs in cove lighting fixtures makes them a versatile and energy efficient source of light. Proper and precise locations of the lighting fixtures is necessary for a mood effect to be created. Read on to learn about 6 popular different types of cove lighting fixtures.
1 - Rope Cove Lighting Fixtures
This cove lighting option is the most inexpensive and the easiest to mount. Rope cove lighting is available in a variety of sizes and can be plugged into an electrical outlet. This type of lighting is not as bright as other types of cove lighting and should be used as an accent light source rather than a primary one. It will create a soft glow effect in a room. It can also be made to provide more light by installing 2 rope rows next to each other. If you decide to install to rows together, be sure you have read the recommendations provided by the manufacturer of the rope fixtures for the correct amount of space required for a safe installation.
2 - Fluorescent Cove Lighting Fixtures
These T5 fluorescent fixtures are energy efficient form of cove lighting. Installing fluorescent cove lighting fixtures requires more time and precision in the placement than rope fixtures. Some fluorescent cove lighting fixtures are designed to be overlapped so that there are no low light or dark spaces. These fixtures are more expensive than rope fixtures but they are still a reasonable priced lighting item. Adding the dimmer feature to these fixtures will add to the cost of the installation.
3 - Linear Cove Lighting Fixtures
Linear or track cover lighting is pricier than rope and fluorescent fixtures but are low voltage and add a beautiful effect to a room. The bulbs can be moved to produce a brighter or dimmer result. As with the fluorescent cove lighting, these fixtures can also be dimmed. They work well as a means of illuminating counters, kitchen islands, bars and other task light areas.
4 - LED Cove Lighting Fixtures
These fixtures are the most costly of all of the options however their diminished electricity requirement enables them to be used for extended periods of time without the need to change or replace them. These fixtures can be secured to aluminum and encased with prismatic covers. A dimmer can be attached to these fixtures. The bulbs are available in a wide range of lighting effects from warm white to color.
5 - Ceiling Cove Lighting
Installed under a lip or trim on a wall and faced upwards, these fixtures shine directly on the ceiling area. They can be installed throughout the entire perimeter of the ceiling or in specifically chosen accent spots. The bright light provided by the bulbs makes the ceiling location successful as a primary light source. The cove lighting fixtures should be positioned about one foot from the ceiling.
6 - Wall Cove Lighting
Cove lighting can be installed under a wall lip or trim and faced downward to shine on a wall. These fixtures are mainly used as accent lights because the bright lights would be too hard on the eyes when they are facing downward.