Indirect cove lighting is decorative illumination at its finest, showcasing the delicate features of any space. These fixtures are available as strip or ribbon lamps and are easily kept out of sight. Their low profile is central to their aesthetic impact because they rely on softer illumination to create a warm glow. Traditional fixtures mounted in the ceiling are exposed, producing harsher radiance and shadows. Strip and ribbon fixtures, though, diffuse their illumination over a greater area, leaving no architectural feature unadorned with soft brilliance.
Because every space is unique, indirect cove lighting has to be made with versatility in mind. Not only must the fixture produce enough illumination, it must remain out of sight or the illusion will be shattered. Phantom overcomes this challenge with strip and ribbon technology customized to every installation. While many manufacturers produce strip and ribbon fixtures, this industry leader is one of the few industry leaders that custom measures and builds its devices to every application. What this means is they will work directly with the contractor or designer responsible for installing the building’s fixtures. The contractor provides them with the exact dimensions of all surfaces that the lamps must be fixed to. Using this guide, Phantom can create fixtures that will perfectly blend in with the furniture or architectural features.
This is possible even when the surfaces are curved or circular. Ribbon indirect cove lighting is highly flexible and can be placed in any position the installation demands. If the installation area is not curved, mounted strip fixtures can be extended to any length and still kept out of sight. Both technologies are compatible with the latest and most efficient festoon lamps on the market, including xenon and LED festoon lamps.
Xenon and LED festoon lamps are the preferred choices for indirect cove lighting because they are easily customized, powerful, reliable and highly efficient. Xenon lamps produce brilliant illumination using a combination of metal vapors and an electrically-excited source of xenon. When excited, the electrons in the xenon alter their orbits, smashing into metal atoms. This causes the electrons to change direction and slowly correct themselves. This process results in large amounts of photon energy. LED technology uses a semiconductor die to drive an electron gradient. When it is switched on, electrons move from high concentration areas to low concentration areas, producing photons.
These processes are much more precise than other illumination technologies, so they produce less ambient heat and more light. Xenon and LED indirect cove lighting, therefore, requires much less energy to produce a level of illumination comparable to standard fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. Xenon and LED fixtures for years were considered aesthetically inferior to incandescent fixtures, but this is no longer the case. Xenon and particularly LED fixtures can produce illumination in a range of color temperatures and intensities. This includes the warm tones of incandescent fixtures and pure white tones that are perfect for rendering other colors. Phantom’s LED fixtures are also among the most efficient in the industry. With less than a watt of power, each lamp can produce about 40 lumens of intensity, more than twice the industry average. For these reasons, this innovative manufacturer is a top choice for professionals in the lighting industry.