The incorporation of indirect lighting into residential and commercial interior lighting designs has become a standard feature employed by lighting designers and architects in recent years. It has long been recognized that such indirect illumination creates a more pleasing ambience than glaring direct light from overhead can lights. Examples include wall mounted decorative fixtures that project light up and down, with the light bulbs concealed within specialty fixtures and linear lights concealed within ceiling coves.
Architects routinely design shallow troughs at the ceiling line of many rooms for the purpose of including lighting for both functional room lighting as well as for added aesthetic appeal. The practice has become so prevalent that it is now commonly referred to as Cove Lighting.
Originally fluorescent light fixtures were used for Cove Lighting but this approach suffered from obvious drawbacks. As discrete fixtures that are lined up in series, there is normally an unavoidable space between each fixture in the series. While the light from an individual tube light is quite uniform, the spaces between fixtures can often be seen as gaps or discontinuities. This becomes a visual distraction and can negate the otherwise pleasing effect intended.
The introduction of Incandescent and Xenon Low Voltage Festoon light bulbs and the ability to utilize these small light sources in specially designed linear arrays has all but replaced fluorescent cove lighting. Rather than a series of individual tubular light sources that could not provide uninterrupted light over long straight runs, the Festoon concept gave rise to custom fabrication of low profile tracks with a row of small sockets and associated bulbs at consistent spacing intervals. This consistency and close spacing has permitted successful results in even very confined spaces.
The next major breakthrough has been the explosive and revolutionary growth in LED technology and its application to all manner of interior lighting fixtures. Phantom Lighting has played a leading role in providing for easy transition from Xenon based Cove Lighting to LED, as well as newer more compact Integrated LED Cove Lights which offer the advantages of reduced power consumption, removal of unwanted heat and greatly extended life of the light sources.
The Integrated LED strip lights now extend the expected life to an amazing 50,000 hours, representing a quantum leap in the life expectancy of the light sources. The LED’s only use 1.5 watts per foot for the standard ELITE LED and 4.5 watts per foot for the ULTRA, plus there is none of the added heat which is experienced with Xenon lights.
As Cove Lighting continues to evolve and LED light sources are becoming the norm, Phantom Lighting has set the pace for new innovations applying LED’s in more varied configurations to meet market demands. Newer products such as Phantom ELITE and Phantom ULTRA are examples of cost effective solutions for the increased requirement for maximum energy efficiency and compact design, while continuing to build products on a truly custom basis.