How to Install Lighted Crown Molding

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Crown molding can be installed to add an attractive look to the ceiling of any room of your home. You can add lighting to the crown molding to provide indirect lighting or to create ambiance in the room. Lighting is added to crown molding by creating a channel in the top of the molding. This will be used to insert the lights after attaching the crown molding to the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 by 6 lumber
  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Chalk line
  • Stud finder
  • Masking tape
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Rope lighting
  • Create a nailing strip that will be used to attach the crown molding to the wall. Set the angle of your table saw to the angle of your crown molding. This is usually about 45 to 52 degrees. Cut a corner off a piece of 2 by 6 lumber. Set the saw back to vertical and cut off a section to use as the nailing strip.

  • Make a mock-up of your crown molding with a section of the molding and the nailing strip. Place the nailing strip on the wall and place a strip of molding over the top. This will give you an idea of how the lighting will be placed in the molding.

  • Place the mock-up on the ceiling and decide how far from the ceiling to place the crown molding. Make a mark with a pencil at the bottom of the nailing strip.

  • Make a mark at each corner of the room where the molding will be located below the ceiling with a pencil. Use a chalk line to connect all of the marks on the wall. This is where the nailing strip will be nailed to the wall.

  • Use a stud finder and masking tape to mark on the wall where the studs are located. Place the nailing strip on the wall, along the chalk lines, and nail it into the studs. Leave a gap of about an inch at one corner to allow for the cord to run down the wall.

  • Attach the molding to the wall by using a hammer and nails, or a nail gun, to secure it to the nailing strip. Make sure to miter a 45-degree angle on the ends of the molding to fit flush in each corner of the room.

  • Place rope lighting along the top of the molding in the channel that was created when the molding was secured to the nailing strip.

  • Run the cord down the corner where the you created the gap in the corner and plug the cord in to an outlet.

Tips & Warnings

  • If do not want a cord running down the wall, you can have an electrical outlet installed that is wired to a switch in the wall to turn the lights on and off.
  • Not properly mitering the ends of the molding will cause them not to fit together properly in the corners of the wall.

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