Install Crown Moulding With Lighting | Crown Moulding Ideas | The Home Depot

If you’re looking for a unique way to
warm up one of the rooms in your home, here’s a stunning idea– lighted crown molding. Lights installed behind crown
molding cast a soft glow onto the wall and ceiling. Simply connect them to a dimmer
switch, and add just the right amount of ambiance to any room. Now, doing this project does require
skills in a couple of different areas– electrical and millwork. But if you’re reasonably
handy around the house, you should be able to pull it off. Here’s how. The first thing you’ll
need to do is measure the circumference of the room to
determine how much molding you’ll need. Remember to add an extra
15% for cuts and waste. You’ll also need to purchase
the same amount of LED lights. These come in different colors
and can be connected together. Just be careful not to exceed the
recommended length found on the box. Lighted crown molding is
typically installed a few inches below the ceiling. It’s supported by a backer strip cut
at the same angle as your molding typically either 52 or 45 degrees. To determine the right placement, take
a small section of molding and backer strip and drape the LED lights
through the channel behind. Experiment with the
distance from the ceiling until you get the
lighting effect you want. Now, measure the space between
the ceiling and the backer strip, and make marks around the
entire room using a stud finder to note the position of the studs. Before putting up the
crown molding you’ll need to put your other hat on and
install a switched electrical outlet for the lights. If you have access
from above, you may be able to run the wiring off a
ceiling fan or an overhead light. Cut a hole for the outlet
next to one of the studs just above the line where
the molding will go. After running power to the new
location, install the electrical outlet by hooking up the hot and neutral
wires to the appropriate terminals. Attach the outlet for the
box, and add a face plate. Then test the power to make
sure it’s functioning properly. To install the molding, you’ll
need to rip a piece of 2 by lumber at the correct angle, either
42 or 45 degrees, with a table saw. When you’re done, it
should look like this. Nail the backer strip to the studs
along the mark at the top of the wall. Leave a gap of a few
inches in the corners. Now, proceed with the
installation of the crown molding, attaching the molding to the
backer strip with a nail gun. There are many ways to
install crown molding. One of the easiest is to
cope the inside corners. If you’re not familiar with the
technique, it can be a little tricky. So make sure you follow along carefully. It also helps to cut a
set of crown templates. Place the first piece of crown
molding all the way into the corner with the edge flush against the wall. Place the new piece of
crown molding on your miter saw upside down and backwards. If you’re doing an
inside cut, you’ll need to cut at the proper
angle for your molding– toward the full portion of the piece. Outside corners would be cut
away from the full portion. Now, use a coping style to trim out the
thickness of the molding along the cut line so it creates a
clean edge to fit up against the opposite piece of molding. Once you’ve finished installing
the molding throughout the room, run a beat of cork between
the crown and the wall, and seal the miter joints as well. Now, you can lay your lights along
the channel behind the crown molding, connecting them together until you’ve
gone all the way around the room. Add a dimmer switch and
you have the flexibility to raise the light level up or
down to set just the right mood. You can find crown molding
in many different styles, and you can even layer different
types to provide that perfect accent to complement any decor. Check out our complete line of
molding products at The Home Depot. And look for more great
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13 thoughts on “Install Crown Moulding With Lighting | Crown Moulding Ideas | The Home Depot

  1. I have done this and this video makes it like a LITTLE easier than it is in real life. Like totally skipping over the angle finding process and making it seem like it will take less than 30 comparisons to find it 🙂

  2. I always use two small pieces and make my corner separate. This way all you do is butt the long pieces to them and fill the gaps. I use wood filler were I can before caulking

  3. They make the room look perfect too with all the nice corners so you get the best corners. Come to my house, you’ll rip your hair out lady.

  4. This is way too complex for the average DIYer. Especially the electrical. Fishing wire can be difficult and time consuming

  5. I can see the avg person attempting the mouldings…but the "just add a power source" and "just run a dimmer switch"….sure

  6. You spend a bunch of money to diy this and make a bunch of mistakes instead of calling contractors that do this perfect all the time to save a little money the thing is the contractor get discounts on material and the savings are passed on to you sometimes it's a little more expensive

  7. That double tray with triple crown is hideous. In 20 years, people will all laugh at this and say, "what the hell were they thinking!?"

  8. I did this fun little project and oh my god it is gorgeous the entire house…

    FELL DOWN TO DUST Now I live in a Card Board Box ? like Snake… Snake was right this box has so many potential such as a Home, invisibility, Peace and Quiet plus Transportation. Never Regretted it even till this very day.

  9. Wish I had a one story house bedroom or a higher ceiling to accommodate a recessed ceiling!

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