I wanted to show you this fun tip for lighting your crown molding. it adds a nice glow. this project was submitted by Robert at a concord carpenter. AND by the way he has a giveaway going on for a Bosch Pocket Driver drill, I TOTALLY WANT TO WIN enter today, you have until 5/12.
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 . . . .
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.
A laser level made determining level lines easy. The mounting blocks were secured to the wall in two locations – one angled down from the top and the other on the bottom.
Crown molding was glued with construction adhesive and nailed with a finish nailer [over kill] top and bottom using caution to avoid the pre-drilled rope light holes. Rope lighting was installed last.
Because the crown molding does not run the perimeter of the arched room – 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 chases for the rope lighting.
Inside adjacent utility closet is switch controlled outlet and rope lighting plug.
Rope lighting effect in daylight.
The rope lighting in the picture below creates an interesting shadow around the 1/23 round window…
Rope lighting similar to this can be purchased at any hardware or electrical supply store. Kits are available to create your own custom lengths.