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Uplighting Cornice

Most types of cornice are installed with the purpose of softening the join between wall and ceiling. However, in recent years, uplighting cornice has become more and more popular, with the advent of low cost, energy efficient LED lighting and TV designer makeover shows.

Uplighter cornice (sometimes known as an uplighting trough) is a decorative moulding fitted on the point where wall and ceiling meets. Lights are placed into the trough to provide directional upwards lighting, which has a unique effect and can really help create an ambient mood in a room.

Creating mood lighting with uplighter cornice

With an ‘open’ top, the uplighter cornice is fixed to the wall approximately 15-20cms from the ceiling and fitted inside with LED bars or lights along the length of cornice. The effect of this is to give a soft ‘mood’ lighting effect that washes the ceiling with an atmospheric light and takes away the potential harshness of a single pendant light. It is a very clever way of providing additional warmth into a room without being overly dramatic. Alternatively, the cornice can sometimes be inverted and used as a downlighter, maybe to highlight a feature wall or picture.

The choice of light source can be either a T5 tube or, alternatively, cheap to run LEDs which are available in a low lumen or high lumen output - choose depending on what alternative light sources are also used in the room. LEDs can be bought either in a roll format or in the more expensive, but better quality rigid light bars.

Styles of cornice for uplighting

There are many sizes and profiles of uplighting cornice to suit differing room sizes and ceiling heights, from traditional Victorian cornice to match an older period property, to more modern and contemporary designs that will suit buildings undergoing a modern restoration. Again, cornice profile sizes can range from just a few centimetres in height and projection, to those which are nearly 30cm in height and which look terrific in a hotel lobby or restaurant.

How to install uplighters securely

It should be noted that only cornice specifically designed for use as an uplighter should be used since these have been purpose designed with a double fixing point to the wall and mounting lugs to hold the lighting. Normal coving or cornice patterns are not suitable for use as up-lighters. (Standard cornice is normally attached on the top edge to the ceiling and on the back edge to the wall. Trying to fix it by just the single wall mounting point will not give sufficient hold to prevent the cornice from pulling away.)

Similarly an uplighting cornice or trough should be made in a material that is as light as possible, such as hardened high density polyurethane.  Hanging a heavy run of plaster projecting from a wall is quite risky, as the natural inclination will be for gravity to pull it out and down. A large amount of mechanical fixing (e.g. screws) would be needed to fully secure the run. This is can be a time consuming process, whereas lighter materials will only require adhesive and minimal fixings.

Of course there is no reason why these cornice profiles cannot also be used in the traditional sense (without lighting) and fitted up to the ceiling.

More advice on uplighting and cornice

If you need any further advice we are more than happy to discuss your requirements with you - please call us on 020 8660 2854.

  • flexible versions of this cornice range also available (for curved walls/bay windows etc) - look for the FLEX symbol
  • finished with a quality undercoat primer ready for painting
  • made from the toughest, lightest, non-breakable material (hardened, high-density polyurethane) that is superior to any other material, incl plaster
  • prices quoted are per 2m length (all measurements quoted are metric) excl VAT
  • "H" = Height (i.e drop down wall), "P" = Projection across ceiling (all in cm's)
  • see our Accessories section for correct adhesives and tools to achieve the best installation
  • FREE delivery on all orders over £150 (excl VAT) - usually next working day (except flexible profiles)
  • Usually 2-3 working day delivery nationwide
  • Please make sure you order enough to cover wastage. See our FAQ covering this.

We want you to achieve the best possible installation, so we are currently offering our 2-in-1 (5m) internal gap measurement tape FREE OF CHARGE (RRP £9.98) for all coving and skirting orders totalling £200+ .  Helps measure internal gaps more accurately, without an element of guesswork.  Will be packed automatically with qualifying orders (max 1 per customer).

 

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  1. Orac Indirect / Uplighting Cornice ref C351

    C351 - 'Boat'

    £55.78 Incl. VAT: £66.94
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    C351 - Boat coving/cornice lighting trough. Inspired by the 1930's this design combines beauty and functionality. Horizontal and vertical lines smoothly merge into each other. It also features an attractive shadow line. - Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details.   Lighting options can be found below.


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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 7.4cm (H) x 17.3cm (P)
  2. Orac Indirect / Uplighting Cornice ref C352

    C352 - 'Flat'

    £55.78 Incl. VAT: £66.94
    per unit

    C352 - Flat. Orac Decor coving/cornice lighting trough. This fine shadow line 'Flat' moulding delivers an unexpected floating effect. - install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details.  See below for light fittings.


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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 7.6cm (H) x 17.1cm (P)
  3. Orac Indirect / Uplighting Cornice ref C357

    C357 - 'Straight'

    £42.64 Incl. VAT: £51.17
    per unit

    Cornice lighting trough ref C357 'Straight' is the brother of the 'Flat' lighting profile and is made for those who want to integrate their lighting to their interior in a contemporary and minimalistic way.  This profile will modernise any interior.  Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click on cornice image for further product info, and see light fitting options below.



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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 7.1cm (H) x 11cm (P)
  4. Orac Indirect / Uplighting Cornice ref C358

    C358 - 'Rail'

    £54.38 Incl. VAT: £65.26
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    C358 'Rail' This uplighting cornce has a very special look due to the unexpected slanting angle that optimises light distribution. A shadow joint completes the design. Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect - click on image for cornice info. 

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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 7.3cm (H) x 14cm (P)
  5. Orac Indirect / Uplighting Cornice ref C361

    C361 - 'Stripe'

    £29.70 Incl. VAT: £35.64
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    C361 'Stripe' Inspired by the 1930's, the familiar double joint of this profile accentuates its ultra-sober design. Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).


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    Dimension: 2m x 5cm x 5cm
  6. Orac Indirect / Uplighting Cornice ref C362

    C362 - 'Curve'

    £27.42 Incl. VAT: £32.90
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    C362 'Curve' uplighting cornice is inspired by the 1930's, the simple circular form allows the 'Curve' to be present without being intrusive. The LED lighting almost seems to disappear into its surrounds, giving a subtle effect. Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m x 5cm x 5cm
  7. Orac Indirect / Uplighting Cornice ref C363

    C363 Uplighter

    £33.76 Incl. VAT: £40.51
    per unit

    C363 is a 1.3m length of uplighting cornice, closed at each end.  Cut and add C362 for longer lengths. The LED lighting almost seems to disappear into its surrounds, giving a subtle effect. Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 1.3m x 5cm x 5cm
  8. Orac Indirect / Uplighting Cornice ref C364

    C364 - 'Wave'

    £57.30 Incl. VAT: £68.76
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    C364 'Wave' Uplighting cornice profile .Designed by Pierre Daems and WINNER of the prestigious reddot product design award 2014. the 'Wave' displays elegant and organic lines. Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m x 14cm x 8cm
  9. C371 Uplighter

    C371 - 'Shade'

    £46.88 Incl. VAT: £56.26

    Our C371 "Shade" Uplighting trough (part of the Ulf Moritz collection) - also used as an architrave in attached photo (click on thumbnail)

    The 'Shade' can serve you in every respect – you can remodel it with or without LED lights, around doors, as a panel moulding or skirting. Its refined design and subtle shadow immediately create the impression of depth and light. Beautiful as an uplighter or downlighter.

    Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m x 18.5cm x 5.8cm
  10. Orac Indirect / Uplighting Cornice ref C372

    C372 - 'Fluxus'

    £59.60 Incl. VAT: £71.52
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    The C372 'Fluxus' uplighter is part of the Ulf Moritz collection - The 'Fluxus' uplighting cornice also used as a backlit architrave for a stunning entrance way feature (see attached image)

    Another beautiful up- or downlighter. The 'Fluxus' has such pristine lines that it fits perfectly with any style of interior.  Light flows lavishly out of this elegant design, however used. Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m x 28cm x 7cm
  11. C373 'Antonio'

    C373 'Antonio'

    £37.99 Incl. VAT: £45.59
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    The C373 'Antonio' Uplighting trough (part of the Ulf Moritz collection) - also used in various combinations with C374 'Antonio'.  Can also be used as a downlighter - see attached images and see our video of Antonio lighting installation here ALSO NOW AVAILABLE IN FLEXI - Min radius 1.0m.

    Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 8cm (H) x 5cm (P)
  12. C374 'Antonio'

    C374 'Antonio'

    £51.98 Incl. VAT: £62.38
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    The C374 'Antonio' Uplighting trough (part of the Ulf Moritz collection) can also used in conjunction with C373 and can be used for Skirting see attached photo (click on thumbnail). The products are made of a higher density Purotouch®, which makes them not only suitable for walls and ceilings but also as a skirting board. ALSO NOW AVAILABLE IN FLEXI -Min radius 1.3m.  Please call us for further details. See our Antonio lighting installation video here

    Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 18cm (H) x 5cm (P)
  13. C380 indirect lighter

    C380

    £36.26 Incl. VAT: £43.51
    per unit

    New! Just released in Oct 2016

    C380 uplighter. With this modern profile, you can perfectly incorporate indirect LED lighting into your interior space. Combine it with the other L3 modernist profiles (C381, C382, C383) and create a sophisticated linear pattern of light and shadow.  These profiles can enhance architecture both individually or in combination to create a sophisticated linear pattern.

    Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 5cm (H) x 5cm (P)
  14. C381 profile

    C381

    £50.76 Incl. VAT: £60.91
    per unit

    New! Just released in Oct 2016

    C381 uplighter. With this modern profile, you can perfectly incorporate indirect LED lighting into your interior space. Combine it with the other L3 modernist profiles (C380, C382, C383) and create a sophisticated linear pattern of light and shadow.  These profiles can enhance architecture both individually or in combination to create a sophisticated linear pattern.

    Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 9.5cm (H) x 5cm (P)
  15. C382 indirect lighting cornice

    C382

    £58.00 Incl. VAT: £69.60
    per unit

    New! Just released in Oct 2016

    With this modern profile, you can perfectly incorporate indirect LED lighting into your interior space. Combine it with the other L3 modernist profiles (C380, C381, C383) and create a sophisticated linear pattern of light and shadow.  These profiles can enhance architecture both individually or in combination to create a sophisticated linear pattern.

    Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 14cm (H) x 5cm (P)
  16. C383 uplighting cornice

    C383

    £58.00 Incl. VAT: £69.60
    per unit

    New! Just released in Oct 2016

    With this modern profile, you can perfectly incorporate indirect LED lighting into your interior space. Combine it with the other L3 modernist profiles (C380, C381, C382) and create a sophisticated linear pattern of light and shadow.  These profiles can enhance architecture both individually or in combination to create a sophisticated linear pattern.

     Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 14cm (H) x 5cm (P)
  17. Orac Indirect / Uplighting Cornice ref C900

    C900

    £51.20 Incl. VAT: £61.44
    per unit

    Uplighter Coving C900 Big uplighter lighting trough inspired from ovolo shape, ideal for larger rooms.  - Use lighting systems (below) to create a beautiful creative warm glow on the ceiling - click thumbnail for more info.

    Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).




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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 17.1cm (H) x 14.6cm (P)
  18. Orac Decor uplighter cornice ref C901 closed to ceiling

    C901 cornice

    £42.64 Incl. VAT: £51.17
    per unit

    Uplighter Cornice C901 lighting trough can be used with lighting systems for a beautiful creative warm glow on the ceiling or as cornice in its own right.  Click here for application image of cornice fitted 'normally' (with additional panel mouldings P4020 & P7020) Match with PX169 dado rail and SX137 skirting board.

    Also available as a flexible option (minimum wall radius 6m). Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).



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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 14.8cm (H) x 12.4cm (P)
  19. Orac Decor uplighter cornice ref C902 closed to ceiling

    C902 cornice

    £38.40 Incl. VAT: £46.08
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    C902 small uplighter lighting trough inspired from ovolo shape - use lighting systems for a beautiful creative warm glow on the ceiling. This profile lends depth and drama.Can be used as an uplighter or as a traditional cornice. Match with C901 cornice and P9901dado rail.

    Also available as a flexible option (minimum wall radius 6m).Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m x 10.3cm x 10.3cm
  20. C991 Cornice

    C991 Cornice

    £41.98 Incl. VAT: £50.38
    per unit

    Orac Decor C991 Cornice. Smaller C section profile. Ideal to be used as a curtain profile, combined with panel mouldings to give more intricate detailing or can be used as an uplighter to create a mood.Install 15-20 cm from ceiling for full room surround lighting effect. Click thumbnail for further details. Designed for use with our LED lighting options (below).

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    Dimension: 2m (L) x 14cm (H) x 11cm (P)

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