Cove lighting is mainly done in order to enhance the ambience of a home or to draw attention to the architectural details of a ceiling. In order to do cove lighting, you need to have a linear light that has close bulb spacing. In fact the smaller the cove, the tighter the bulb spacing for cove lights! LED cove lights are popular since they save energy and do not produce heat. LED cove lighting will last for up to 60,000 hours, which may be 12 years or more. LED rope lighting for coves eliminates 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 cove 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 cove 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.
Measure the whole length of the cove and plan from where power will be routed. Rope light kits come with mounting clips 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 cove light.