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Concealed lighting

Posted by Helen Jordan, on
How can concealed lighting be installed around the edge of a ceiling? If not possible is there some type of coving that covers lighting around the edge?
Stuart Geddes

Stuart Geddes

Hi Helen, You can have your joiner lower the ceiling (Provided this can be done) but leave a 6" gap around the sides where you can have LED strip installed around, you can see this here. there is an example video on our facebook page Hope this helps Stuart AV ELECTRICAL (Motherwell)
David Boyle

David Boyle

Helen Not much i can add to this, When we do up-lighting in banks, restaurants and clubs we would normally use "rope light" as its much cheaper than the little LED strips, easier to install (rather than plugging several LED strips together) and would be able to cover more area as it rolls off a drum like a cable does and you cut it on the specially marked lines to the desired length. You might not need the sort of meters we install, i'm sure you can buy it in pre-cut lengths, you would measure how much you req by measuring the same way you measure the border for wall paper only including the door openings. something's you never mentioned were, do you want the lights to rotate colour? what sort of lighting is it for I.E. mood/ ambiance = low level of lighting, task = high levels of lighting? is it purely cosmetic? Regards and good luck Check- It Electrical
ian golby

ian golby

You can hide the cables behind coving but you will need to cut the ceiling to get the cables to the light fittings, This may result in the ceiling being repaired or plastered. .The only other way is to come from above under the floor boards..
Robert Wade

Robert Wade

best way would be to get a joiner to put a false ceiling in which would conceal the lights . A friend of mine did it in his kitchen and it looks great.
Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones

Hi Helen. Those opions below are great, and will both have the desired effect. However if you were looking to have concealed lighting without coving, I have cut in a shadow gap around the room and installed channel in the gap with the led strip recessed in the ceiling by approx 20mm. The effect is a completly flush ceiling and keeps all your angles square while still concealing the light. Many thanks Gareth
Robert V Mckenzie

Robert V Mckenzie

Hi Helen Usual practice is to conceal lighting behind a pelmet colour coded to wall , if done properly pelmet is not noticeable, would recommend LED lighting Regards Bob Mckenzie
wayne lewis

wayne lewis

Ive had to do this for customers many times. You have two options. Firstly, purchased some picture rail. If you get the right style, (something with a lip) you can drop led strips in and hide everything behind the lip. Led strips are only about 5mm thick. The only problems you will have are hiding the transformer, and installing a fused spur for them to wire in. The transformer can be bidden in the ceiling. The fusepoint should be in the same room, so some chasing out or trunking will be involved. The second option is really for rooms that are reduced to brick. Hope this helps.
Dean Cox

Dean Cox

Two ways of doing this the first is the older way and that's build a box section and install a flouresant tube light or the newer type of design is to install LED strip lights in a smaller box. Hope that helps Dean
Darren Duke

Darren Duke

Hi Helen, You have a couple of options available to you. Jamie is correct in saying you could install LED lights they are available on a strip and are quite easy to install but would still need to be hidden. How I have achieved this before was to either fit a pelmet around the room with the lighting behind this and then fitting coving to the pelmet, or by fitting new coving to the ceiling but away from the wall with the lighting installed behind the new coving. The LED lights supplied on a strip are the way to go tho. The tough part is hiding the lighting and the connections. I hope this advise helps you. Regards, Darren.
Jamie Handley

Jamie Handley

Best way is coving which falls short of the ceiling. The old way was to install fluorecent tubes inside with control gear. However, I would now recommend you have LED tape installed as this gives a constant spread of light. Make sure you get an upmarket product that gives off a good luminance. I have seen some poor led lighting installed just for the fact that its 'LED'!
graeme peddieson

graeme peddieson

Hi Helen what kind of lighting are you hoping to install ? And what do you mean about covering ? Is this for a bathroom ? Leg me know thanks Regards Graeme
Ray Brand

Ray Brand

Hi Helen There is a coving profile that hides LED lighting etc, and gives a nice effect. It is installed under the normal type of coving
Darren Duke

Darren Duke

Hi Helen, I am not aware of a coving that has a section pre cut ready for the lighting. I imagine that it can be done fairly easily depending on your choice of lighting? LED strip lighting is what I would choose as it's small yet gives out good light once installed. You should also think about the heat that the lighting would make. If you use polystyrene coving then you may occur problems when the lights get hot. Try googling Ceiling Light Coving and you will find loads of products that you are looking for. I'm sure that this will help you Helen. Good Luck, Darren, Red Security.

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