Cove lighting ideas can be used to create a unique shopping environment by the strategic use of impressive lighting effects, usually by tucking lamps and strips into recessed areas with fixtures hidden. Cove lights can be the source of the primary or ambient light, used to create a mood, to highlight displays or special features and to support brand identity.
Cove Lighting Differs from Other Types of Lighting
Cove lights come in various styles, including flexible rope lights and cove-mounted LED (light emitting diode) strip lights. They can provide cold white light, warm white light, colored light and even color-changing light with linear strips.
Cove lighting has the ability to create atmosphere and moods such as bright and cheerful, dramatic and intriguing, expensive and ritzy or warm and inviting. It is also perfect for highlighting architectural elements, such as coffered ceilings, or unusual shapes, designs and lines. The major characteristics are:
- The flexibility of lighting strips or ropes, which allows them to be shaped to fit a variety of shapes and surfaces
- Their ability to provide uniform illumination at various light levels
- Their suitability for highlighting decorative ceilings and specialty displays
- Their use as safety lighting along handrails and steps, both indoors and out
- The ease with which the fixtures can be hidden
Although T5 fluorescent tubes were often chosen for cove lighting, LED’s have taken over in popularity because of the money that can be saved on reduced energy consumption, the long life of the lamps, and the less time and effort needed to replace them.
A Cove Lighting Design Can Create Many Different Effects
Uniform lighting can be achieved without color variations even from different angles and without shadowing, hot spots or unwanted edge effects, which is perfect for ambient lighting. Moods can be created, displays enhanced and features highlighted with special-effect cove lighting designs.
Lighting the walls with recessed fixtures at the edge of a ceiling can make the room appear larger and warmer, but intimate. Lighting the ceiling with recessed fixtures at the top of the wall can make the room appear cooler, quieter and more formal.
If ambient illumination is at a lower level than the level at work or task areas—such as cashier areas—it creates drama and exciting contrasts. If the illumination level of ambient and task lighting are the same or similar within an area, the space will appear bright and cheerful.
Dramatic Special Effects
Cove lights can be integrated directly into walls, ceilings, artwork, displays and architectural features where conventional lighting can’t be used. Fixtures can be fitted behind partitions and wall panels to illuminate artwork or featured displays as well as within window pockets in window displays.
Retailers can add dramatic color or color-changing lights to welcome customers at the store entrance, to draw the attention of customers on the selling floor, to enhance a mood, enhance a display or to provide entertainment while people are waiting in checkout lines.
Decide what effects you are trying to achieve and then select the fixtures and light levels that will produce the desired results. There is a wealth of cove lighting ideas that can be integrated into your lighting system to trigger interest and emotion. The right lighting choices will support your brand identity, make the shopping experience enjoyable and motivate buyers into making a purchase decision.
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