Even the blandest and most sterile room can receive a boost of elegance from cove lighting using standard crown molding. This is an extremely popular choice for discerning home and business owners, and for a very good reason: the effect this type of lighting produces is dramatic and yet subdued, providing a sterling lighting effect that stands on its own, opening up ceiling spaces and adding another dimension to the space.

Installation of cove lighting using standard crown molding isn’t necessarily a simple affair and can be surprisingly complicated for some people. While this approach can be handled as a do-it-yourself project, due to dangers inherent of handling electrical wires during installation, many home and business owners would rather have it installed by a professional.

If a home or business owner is considering this type of illumination, it may be best to first consult with lighting design professionals for the best approach. A consultation will provide plenty of valuable information and may even present more options in the lighting design that may not have been considered.


The first step for cove lighting using standard crown molding is preparing the space for the installation. This means gathering all necessary materials, such as molding, lighting equipment, power supplies, the control system, and any necessary tools for the installation before getting started.

First, the installation should be drawn out on paper. The crown molding is considered per the client’s preference and, if they’re not already white, the internal portions of the molding are painted to maximize reflectivity and minimize any issues associated with spotting on the wall. Any necessary staining and varnishing should be done during this stage.

Next, components are assembled and installed on a board, connections are prepared, and any necessary soldering is performed. Measurements are taken as necessary and clearly recorded. They will be referred back to throughout the installation process.


The installation process can be performed in a variety of ways. Each approach is tailored to the specific needs of the client’s structure as well as the client’s aesthetic preference. All of the measurements taken in the preparation process are used to align the components around the cove (or entire room, as the case may be).

As the molding is not installed directly on the wall, aluminum flat bars (or the equivalent) are screwed into the cove space. At this point light sources are installed. Whether fixtures consist of LED strips or some other variety of illumination depends on the personal preferences of the client. Xenon lighting is another commonly used option, for example. In any case, crown molding is installed around the fixtures. An excellent installation means that the fixtures are kept out of sight while the light appears as desired.

Control systems and consoles are also installed during this time to the preference of the client. These devices can vary greatly from model to model. Some allow for a variety of effects, such as color-changing and dimming. Whatever a client’s goals, the experts at Phantom Lighting can make it happen.