A Touch Of Elegance With LightingA Touch Of Elegance With Lighting

With the proper lighting placed in the right location, you can achieve a touch of class. These locations can be a cove or over a set of cabinets or even under a toe kick. If you are imaginative, you can probably come up with some other places for this type of accent lighting.

The type of light you would need to use in this type of application depends on where the lighting will be placed. The most common or easiest to install is rope lighting. The advantage of rope lighting is it can be installed by a do it yourself individual. The cost is also the lowest both in material and installation. Another style of accent lighting used in this instance is a low voltage linear system such as Halo Linea. This type of system is a little more difficult and for most people would require a professional. The advantage of this type of lighting over rope lighting is that it is much brighter and can be more effective. It is also more costly in both material and installation costs, but worth the money in my opinion.

Another method that deserves mention is LED flexible tube lighting. This has several advantages over most other methods. One very important one is it comes in different colors. Another great advantage is very long bulb life and low energy usage. This is also the most costly.

Adding lighting in a cove made of crown molding can really make a statement. As an example, I am working now on a 20 foot long curved ceiling with a cove made of crown molding on both sides. Using a low voltage linear system in this molding, it makes the ceiling just glow beautifully. Another really great place for accent lighting is under the toe kick of cabinets. In a bathroom it can add a real touch of romance for that time spent in the whirlpool.

There are so many places a little light can really add a touch of elegance. Just use your imagination!

by Paul Forte
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Paul Forte has been in the lighting field for over 25 years. Recently quoted in the New York Times on the topic of kitchen under cabinet lighting. Visit his Website to learn more about lighting.

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