Lighting Display Niches
Linear LED strips provide the best option for lighting these areas.
 
These niches are illuminated using linear LED strip lights mounted along the top of each opening. An aluminum extrusion hides the light source and positions the LEDs at a 45-degree angle. Photo by Russell Abraham.
We designed a series of niches into our new home. We used LED puck lights, but they just create a hot spot on the top of our collection of bronzes, and they tend to add a lot of glare. What would you suggest.

Let me applaud you for selecting an LED source. I always hated replacing those stubby little halogen bulbs in my puck lights. They would get instantly hot and burn my fingers. First of all, I would see if the puck lights you have offer any accessories. If so, I would add a spread lens, along with a hexcel louver. A better solution would be to install linear LED strip lights along the top of each niche. The light source will be hidden from view and provide a more even illumination for your collection.

Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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