Indirect lighting is mainly done in order to enhance the ambience of a home, to draw attention up, or to make a room feel friendlier. Indirect lighting needs a linear light that has close bulb spacing and is designed for that purpose. Do not use puck lights as Up lighting or for indirect lighting. Puck lights are designed to shine downward and if directed up, they will build up heat and most likely shatter the glass lens. Proper indirect lights are uniform and small in size to fit on top of cabinets or inside of coves without being seen. LED rope lights are often used as indirect light fixtures since they save energy and do not produce heat. LED rope lighting will last for up to 60,000 hours, which may be 12 years or more, eliminating bulb replacement or other maintenance associated with incandescent cove lighting. LED rope light is dimmable with most standard incandescent dimmers and only uses .8 watt per foot of light. LED rope light kits are sold in different lengths that interconnect so that you can make semi-custom lengths for any cove lighting project.
Incandescent rope lights are popular for indirect lighting since they have a very small upfront cost. Over time, you’ll save more money in the long run by using LED rope lighting, but either one is an effective indirect light. Incandescent rope light last for an average of 25,000 hours and by using a dimmer, you can save energy and lengthen the average life span.
Determine the length of the run by measuring from the wall to the front edge of the cabinets, along the face of the set of cabinets, then back to the wall; or for a cove, measure its length. Rope light comes with clips to hold the rope lights in place and, in general, you will need no more than one clip per foot of rope. For convenience, plan to use or install a switched outlet for controlling the indirect light.