Tips for effective setting

Effectively installed cove lighting automatically delivers better output from the cove and so is also better for the overall light output. A number of different factors in setting up and finishing the cove define the lighting result:


Shape of the reflective ceiling:

a curved ceiling delivers a higher light output than a flat one.


Width of the cove:

the wider the cove, the more room there is for wiring and accessories, which helps eliminate unwanted shadows. This means that roomier cove dimensions also make it easier to fit the lamps cleanly.


Height of the cove:

the lamps should never protrude above the edge of the cove. With deep coves, the
distance between the lamps and the upper side of the cove can sometimes become too great. For this reason, with deep coves it is better to fit a reflector under the lamp. This prevents part of the light becoming lost in the cove itself.


Distance between the upper side of the cove and the ceiling (dimension C on the drawings):

the greater this distance, the more light is able to shine out of the cove and illuminate the ceiling efficiently.


Paintwork for the cove and the ceiling:

to achieve better output from the cove, we recommend that the inside of the cove always be painted in white. Both the reflective surface and the inside of the cove perform best when painted mat or satin white. Using gloss paint may result in the lamps themselves being reflected on the ceiling.


Colour of the ceiling:

obtaining the lighting effect you want is also defined by the colour of the ceiling.
To create a very soft and warm atmosphere, we recommend using Lumco lamps in the warmest shade of white, as well as also painting the ceiling in off-white or a light colour.


Finish of the cove:

generally speaking, of course, having the cove finished perfectly is very important in
the process of achieving an aesthetically pleasing result.