Cove Lighting: Creative Illuminating Concept For Your Home Or Business

There are many interior lighting types that a homeowner or business owner can choose from when illuminating different rooms of a home, store, office, etc. KB Electric LLC blogged about recessed lighting, pendant lighting, low voltage under-cabinet lighting, track lighting, chandeliers, sconces, ballast lighting, high bay lights…the list goes on! Today we are going to look at cove lighting: an excellent choice for highlighting a certain area that brings ambiance for aesthetic appeal, or just for your general lighting use.

What Is Cove Lighting?


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Take a look at the kitchen ceiling in the picture above. This is cove lighting, also known as ambient luminescence. It diffuses the light, spreading it out in an even warmth, minimizing shadows and glare. The light bounces off your ceiling and down the surrounding walls, creating an indirect form of lighting. The many types of cove fixtures are hidden, easily installed on crown molding, recesses, ledges, and valances for an uplighting effect. 

Functions Of Cove Lighting

  • General lighting for illuminating a particular area
  • Ambiance lighting for setting a mood, or for providing a dramatic effect
  • Accent lighting for highlighting ceiling overhangs, designs, and certain features


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Location, Location, Location 

No matter where you want it, cove light fixtures should be installed anywhere from 10-14 inches from the ceiling. There are many great places and areas that suit this type of lighting well:

  • Residential Spaces (For the Home)
    • Kitchens (valance above a window, above kitchen cabinets, on a con-caved molded ceiling)
    • Bathrooms (on recesses, ledges, etc. Perfect for high ceilings)
    • Bedrooms
    • Hallways
    • Dining rooms
    • Living rooms
    • Home offices
    • Studies/Libraries
  • Commercial Spaces (For the Business)
    • Museums
    • Offices
    • Restaurants
    • Conference rooms
    • Hotel rooms, lobbies
    • Churches

There are many other applications for cove lighting, but this was just to name a few. 


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Types of Fixtures

There are a few different light source types and fixture types for cove lighting.

Bulb Type (Light Source Type)

  • Incandescent
  • Xenon
  • Fluorescent
  • LED

Your LEDs will be the most expensive in terms of upfront costs, but will last the longest, and save on energy costs.

Cove Lighting Fixture Type

  • Rope Lighting
  • LED Strip Lighting
  • Linear Lighting
  • Fluorescent Tube Lighting

Hire An Electrician For Cove Lighting Installation

No matter where you want your cove lighting installed, whether it’s in your home or business, contact a licensed electrician for professional installation. 

The guys at KB Electric LLC are licensed and insured residential and commercial electricians, and will get any type of fixture installed for you in a timely fashion. We serve all homes and businesses in Montgomery County, PA, Chester County, PA, Delaware County, PA, Bucks County, PA and Berks County, PA, as well as the Philadelphia area.

Not sure what type of cove lighting fixture is right for you? Don’t worry! One of our electricians is just a phone call away from providing you with expert advice and knowledge you can count on to make the right interior lighting decision for any living and work space. Call us today for a consultation and estimate for cove lighting! (267) 467-3178