Before I was a distributor, I was a customer! I built this light tray in my parlor. I enhanced my design with some white-painted luan and trim, but the tray is our foam molding. I used a warm white rope light. When the light is off, the effect is a majestic crown molding with great linear interest.
Here’s another great way to engineer your light tray:
The idea is to use 2 tiers of crown molding. The top molding seals against the ceiling. It’s face becomes the reflective surface for the light source below. I am showing the lower molding modified by shortening the top spline to allow the moldings to nest the desired distance apart. Another approach would be to use the vaulted versions of Garvin Gate and Belgravia court for the lower molding. From a visual perspective, the 2 tiers blend into a wide, majestic band of crown molding around the perimeter of the room.
Note that this is a great solution for adding a light tray in a room where you already have crown molding! The profiles do not need to match, as the differences simply add linear architectural interest.
Our flat-back design is perfect for light trays and wire raceways. Watch this video entitled Install Indirect Lighting in Crown Molding
To prevent light “bleed-through,” line the tray with metallic tape such is commonly used to seal HVAC ductwork.