Over the span of the last few years LED manufacturers have developed a number of lighting products to address many lighting concerns. All the while backing it up with other practical concerns mainly associated with the display, quality, and effect of light on the surroundings.
LED panel lights are the most recent development in the lighting sector which has taken over the consumer market by a hit. The reason is quite simple, panel lights have modernized the concept of lighting from homes to large commercial spaces.
In commercial setups such as offices, hospitals, retail stores, malls, lighting is functional at least for 8–10 hours daily. In such spaces, lighting holds the functionality and integrity of the place.
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What are LED panel lights?
LED panel lights have a very slim and sleek design profile, the inner components consist of different plates which serve as the core functional components of this fixture. The width of the flat panel light is barely 10 mm or above. The different plates serve different functions, which are:
The guide plate houses the LEDs. This one feature makes the entire fixture compatible in challenging spaces as the LEDs can be arranged in any manner across the guide plate or as per the design of the guide plate.
The reflector plate is placed right in between the diffuser and guide plate. The light from LEDs falls on the reflector where after total internal reflection it reaches the diffuser plate. This is a vital part of the fixture as it adjusts the beam angle and ensures the spread of light across the surface.
The diffuser plate creates a diffused lighting pattern across the surface of the panel. It is important for the light to spread over the surface evenly so it falls outwards in a diffused and uniform pattern.
The housing of the lead panel lights is made up of tough and highly resistant metal which is aluminum. The customization is available for housing and it is entirely upon the choice of the customer to pick aluminum or die-cast aluminum for their space. Both are resistant to moisture and other external factors.
Use of LED Flat Panel Lights
Due to the fact that these flat panel lights are highly versatile, they can fit almost anywhere. They have a range of applications across commercial spaces. Here are a few spaces where the ceiling design favors the installation of LED panel lights:
Most offices are designed with modular grid ceilings. Traditionally tougher light fixtures are favored for use in offices. Over the past years, they have seemingly failed to meet the adequate requirements of a modern office design LED flat panels are highly favored in office environments large or small. They have several benefits when it comes to creating an ambient lighting setup that increases the productivity of the environment while being very cost-effective. LED flat panels to produce glare-free diffused light.
Hospitals are functional round the clock. They require bright light as per the division of zones within a hospital. They require a sustainable lighting infrastructure to meet several demands. In hospitals, high-intensity lighting is required which also requires little to no maintenance while being functional round the clock at the same intensity. LED panels are also dimmable and equipped with smart lighting controls which increases their long-term function.
Most recreational spaces like gymnasiums, pools require a certain kind of lighting that does not interrupt the activities in the place. Gymnasiums have the machinery and other equipment and installing suspended mount fixtures might result in an accidental situation. LED flat panels can be recessed mounted in grid ceilings decreasing the factors which might lead to damage or accidents.
Malls and retail stores are functional for at least 8–12 hours a day. They require uninterrupted lighting with ambiance. LED panel lights are largely applicable in such spaces as they are reasonably sleek and appear professional. The light from the fixture is adjustable to suit the ambiance according to seasons or promotional offers.
Schools are rather task-oriented spaces and safety is the main concern while the environment is adjusted to build focus and increase productivity. The use of panel lights enhances the tone and texture of the surroundings while providing uninterrupted glare-free light.
Exhibition centers have the capacity to accommodate a large number of people during events. These spaces require lighting that is safe and effective as per the theme of the event. LED panel lights allow controls over the kind of lighting while retaining the integrity of the space. LED panels are dimmable, aesthetic fixtures, and have a quick start-up time so they allow swift transitioning of light when needed.
Features of LED Panels
LED panels have highly incorporative features which are almost beneficial in the trickiest of spaces. The main features which make them versatile enough to use in a number of spaces are:
Higher lumen output
LEDs are relatively brighter. LED panel lights have a higher lumen output ranging from 10,000 lumens and above. They are capable of providing bright, glare-free uniform lighting at higher lumen intensity.
Directional Way of Lighting
The light which falls from the reflector on the diffuser surface is in a uniform pattern and then diffused evenly over the lens surface. It can be directed along the edges of the panel in a wider or narrower beam angle. The edges of the panel can be lined with a protective covering or lens to alter the amount and direction of light leaving the fixture,
Different Mounting options.
LED panel lights can be mounted in three ways:
The mounting options allow these fixtures to be incorporated in a number of spaces other than just modular grid ceilings.
LED panels are highly energy-efficient regardless of the size and shape of the fixture. They are available in a variety of designs from circular, square to linear. Regardless of the size or shape, they have the same function when it comes to energy-saving and produces high-quality light with low energy consumption. They save a lot of electricity costs and are sustainable for long-term use.