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Nicholas DaviesBy Nicholas Davies
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Nicholas DaviesBy Nicholas Davies
First created
£1,999
pledged of £37,162pledged of £37,162 goal
14
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, March 12 2014 8:35 AM UTC +00:00

About

I've always loved the feeling mood lighting can give to a room. Most of the examples I've seen have been in restaurants, hotels and shops, but they've been expensive to create and needed specialist trades to do so. I wanted to create the same effect in my home without the expense and disruption. I came up with the LED coving light.

The 'LED coving light' is the easy DIY option for creating a colourful and relaxing atmosphere in any room. Controlled using a hand held remote or by your smart phone using an app over wifi you can create the mood in the room to suit your own, relaxing, vibrant or party mode.

Three years ago a client asked me to produce lighting which would flood light down the walls of a tv room I had built, I did so using the standard method of dropping the ceiling. The effect was fantastic as below. But this started me thinking, there must be an easier way.

Effect created with dropped ceiling
Effect created with dropped ceiling

I decided to create a moulding which would act as a decorative 'stand alone' fixture but would also be able to be used under or over existing coving. Its shape would make it look like it was a part of the original coving.

Development sketch
Development sketch
Prototype early cad drawing
Prototype early cad drawing
Early cad drawing
Early cad drawing
Prototype
Prototype

Starting off with making a prototype in tulip wood, I took it to a company called Innovate to get the patent application drawn up. This having been done I found a manufacturer to produce the moulding out of foamed PU. This would be a better material to use for mass production and would have the flexibility to follow any bumps and dips commonly found in walls. All that was needed now was to find suppliers for the other components such as the wifi controller which comes with it's own smartphone app.

In order to make the LED coving light kits affordable it is necessary to purchase the components in large numbers and this is where you come in. The components need to be purchased by the container load and in return for your help you will be able to get your hands on the first kits at huge savings and be the first people in the country to show of your new lighting systems.

The aim is to get your lighting systems to you by April 2014.

You can see the effect the LED coving light gives you by watching the video and if you want to see how it's fitted you can watch the other video below of me explaining just how easy it is. Just bear in mind I wasn't born to be a film star!!

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Power supply and controller
Power supply and controller
Running wires in trunking down behind curtain
Running wires in trunking down behind curtain

The WiFi controller can be placed in any convenient location together with the power supply. The power supply is approximately 16.5 x 7 x 4cm and the controller 8.5 x 4 x 2cm. The 4 wires of the ribbon tape that runs from the LED strip to the controller are terminated at the controller in screw terminals.

App is free from iTunes or Android stores
App is free from iTunes or Android stores
4 way mini connector
4 way mini connector

The ribbon tape is connected to the LED tape using the mini connectors fitted.

Ribbon tape runs in channel below LED tape
Ribbon tape runs in channel below LED tape

The ribbon tape runs around the room to where you want it in the groove below and behind the LED tape.

RGB amplifier
RGB amplifier

If you were to want to run a continuous length of RGB tape longer than 5M you would need to join the two lengths of tape together using an RGB amplifier as above. Now all other companies say to join the two strips as above but this causes a problem. At the point where the amp is there are no LEDs for about 50mm and this does notice in the room as it causes a small darker area in your lighting. Therefore I supply an LED cover connector to solve this problem as shown below.

LED cover connector
LED cover connector
LED cover connector
LED cover connector
LED cover connector
LED cover connector

The red and black wires are taken back to your power supply via the groove in the moulding.

Corner and straight connectors supplied
Corner and straight connectors supplied
LED tape corner connector
LED tape corner connector

Above you saw how you can run all the wires down the wall behind a curtain in trunking. Below you can see how a small hole has been drilled up behind the coving and into the void between the ceiling and the floor above.

Hole drilled up behind coving
Hole drilled up behind coving
LED coving mould fitted
LED coving mould fitted
Hole in floor above coving
Hole in floor above coving

Here you can see the hole cut in the floor above the coving to access the void between floor and ceiling. You can also see the hole behind the coving where the wires will come up.

Here you see the power supply and the rf controller.
Here you see the power supply and the rf controller.

On this occasion I'm using an rf controller, not Wifi. The controller, WiFi or rf is placed in the ceiling void. The power supply stays visible and is plugged into a convenient power socket.

Power supply
Power supply

I used a timer plug so power is only on in the evenings.

Anyone who pledges for a full kit will be asked for a sketch of the room they are fitting the LED coving light in. This will assist me in making sure you get everything you need to facilitate an easy installation.

If you would like any more information/photos please contact me.

TIMELINE 

Feb 2014: Kickstarter project runs

March 2014: Project fully funded! Go to production.

Mid March 2014: Receive sample moulding for approval.

End April 2014: Receive consignment. 

Beginning May 2014: Pack and post kits for reward fullfilment

Risks and challenges

A lot of research has been carried out over the last 18 months to ensure everything goes smoothly with the production and delivery of the kits. Several prototypes have been fitted to rooms as in the video above and any niggles or difficulties have been ironed out. However, development will continue while the campaign is running to ensure you are happy with your LED coving light.

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    2.4M extension for larger rooms. To include 2.5M RGB tape, 2.4M self adhesive moulding, RGB amplifier, 3M extension wire, extra 5A power supply.

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    A 4.8M LED coving light kit suitable to flood light down one 'feature' wall or across one width of ceiling. To include 4.8M RGB tape, 4.8M moulding, rf remote control and 5amp power supply, plus reward 3.

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    Early bird reward. Full 19.2M RGB WiFi controlled LED coving light kit. To include 19.2M self adhesive moulding, 20M RGB 5050 LED tape, 10amp power supply, WiFi controller, corner connectors, link up wire, free app. Plus reward 3.

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