An LED Panel Lights Buying Guide
From an interior decoration perspective, aesthetics and beauty are of paramount importance. The need for a holistic approach towards those is now more than ever. Now, the challenge arises when you have to design/redesign your office or commercial space.
LED panel lights are the answer to this unasked question. But the what and the why of this decision is still unanswered and that is what we will be discussing in this blog along with some of the common concerns of these panel lights.
What are LED Panel Lights?
Built specifically for commercial, office and residential spaces, LED panel lights are all the rage right now with home decor professionals all around the world. LED panels are built for false ceilings that are installed in companies, schools, supermarkets and offices.
Ideal for replacing old fluorescent panel lights, LED panel lights are standard solution for placement in standard systems of ceilings. Having an even light output, these panel lights reduce your utility bills by up to 75%.
An LED panel light is made up of several components which are:
- Light Reflector: For the purpose of improving the quality of lighting, a light reflector is used in panel lights. This also helps in increasing the light efficacy.
- Light guide panel: This is a key component of the panel light and is the determining factor for the high lumen output, anti-discoloration and an LGP also ensures high uniformity.
- LED Light source: The most important part of the LED panel light, the light source is the heart of the panel which powers the entire light. The low wattage consumption and the high lumen output are what give the panel its great efficiency.
- Diffuser: This component is used to, as the word suggests, diffuse the light in order to achieve smoothness of light.
- Frame: The frame is the last component of the panel this is what supports the panel light when it is fit into the ceiling.
Now that we understand the key components of an LED panel light, we will now look at what are the advantages of LED panel lights
Advantages of LED Panel lights
Energy efficiency: Having high energy efficiency these panel lights save up to 75% on your utility bills. This is achieved by the fact that LEDs convert 95% of the energy consumed into light and only a mere 5% of the electricity is wasted as heat. This results in energy efficiency which is the maximum for any lighting technology.
This efficiency is also beneficial for the environment because less energy from fossil-fuel-powered plants is required thus reducing the carbon footprint of the planet.
Ultra-slim, better heat dissipation: These panel lights have an ultra-slim body which enables them to have less heat and also to have a better heat dissipation system is created because of the slim design.
High-quality bright light: With the help of an optical LED guide plate and the diffuser, the LED panel gives equally distributed quality lighting which gives out a vibrant yet subtle feel.
Multiple color temperatures: LED panel lights have multiple color options which you can choose from.
High CRI: The CRI or the color rendering index of a light is the index of how much accurate the colors rendered are when compared with an ideal light source such as the sunlight. The CRI of LED panel lights is more than 80 which means that the colors rendered by these panels are 80% accurate when compared to daylight.
Some LED Panel concerns addressed by LEDMyplace
People often wonder do these Panel lights generate any buzzing sound. No, the panel is powered by LED lights which do not create any buzz or humming sound. The noise in a panel light is created by fluorescent LED panels and not by LED panels.
Another common concern is about dimmers. LED panels sold by LEDMyplace support dimmers but those are sold separately. LED Panels at LEDMyplace support all kinds of 0-10v dimmer. The most common brands of dimmers are Leviton and Lutron. One dimmer will work on one LED panel light and you will have to purchase for each separately.
These panel lights are IP 40 rated therefore these will withstand dust more and small wires smaller than 1mm.
The lumen output does not change if you change the color temperature. With superb efficiency, these lights with small wattage can shame higher watt fluorescent tubes. For instance, a 40 watt LED tube produces the same amount of light as a fluorescent tube of 150 watt.
The installation of these LED panels is in two ways. If you have a false ceiling, then the LED panel will simply replace a tile in your ceiling. If you have a hard ceiling then you will have to install a surface mount kit of the same size as your panel, and then install the LED panel inside it.
Different type of LED panel lights available
Based on size there are three sizes of panel lights that are available. Those are:
The different sizes of LED panels serve different purposes according to the size of one tile in your false ceiling, or the surface mount kit.
Further LED panel lights are classified according to the wattage they have. These different wattages produce different level of lighting output and the customer can buy them according to the size of their ceiling. For a detailed analysis on how many LED panel lights you need contact our support team.
Based on wattages there are multiple kinds of LED panel lights available. These are:
- 40 watt LED panel lights has the power to replaces 150-watt metal halide panel light.
- The 50 wall LED panel light produces equal light as a 165-watt metal halide fixture
- The 70 watts panel light is a suitable replacement for a metal halide panel light of 180 watt.
Panel lights are energy-efficient, powerful long-lasting and will shave your utility bills by 75%. There is no reason which should take you back to metal halide panel lights.