Tips On Installing Crown Molding Lighting
Crown Molding Lighting
Installing crown molding lighting in any room greatly enhances a homes decor. Using rope lighting in combination with crown moldings is a great way to provide accent lighting and aesthetic beauty.
In the picture below, the crown molding, was used to distinguish the transition for the barrel ceiling and wall as well as help frame the 1/2 round window.
The warm glow draws you in doesn’t it?
Determine the Spring angle:
Once I figured out the Crown molding spring angle, I used 2×4 stock to make the mounting blocks. A hole was drilled through the blocks to feed the rope lighting through.
A laser level determined a level line to follow. The angled mounting blocks were secured to the wall to provide support to the crown molding but not be visible from below.
Mounting Blocks Are Important:
Crown molding was glued with construction adhesive and nailed with a finish nailer at the top and bottom portion of the mounting blocks. Extreme care is taken to avoid putting a nail into the pre-drilled rope light holes. The rope lighting was installed last.
Determine Electrical Power Locations:
Because the crown molding lighting does not run the perimeter of the arched room [not connected] – two sets of rope lighting, and two outlets had to be installed and wired to one switch.
During the framing of this barrel vault I drilled through the framing and installed a pair of 1 – 1/2″ PVC pipe as a future wire chase for the rope lighting.
Inside an adjacent utility closet is a switch to control the rope lighting.
Rope lighting effect in daylight.
The rope lighting in the picture below creates an interesting shadow around the 1/2 round window.
The lighting effect is soft and warming. [see above photo]
Rope lighting similar to this can be purchased at any hardware or electrical supply store. Kits are available to create your own custom lengths.