What Are LED Backlight Panel Lights?

An LED back-lit panel has become a mainstay in interior lighting environments. It is widely used in numerous situations, from office buildings to schools. As LED fixtures continue to become the main form of lighting, the backlight panel is a good alternative to standard fluorescent troffer lights found in interior environments.


You can receive the same light capacity as fluorescent light, with longer-lasting and more efficient lights. While researching a backlight panel, you may be curious about its advantages, designs, and other fixture components. This article will provide an in-depth description of LED backlight panels and why they are a great option.


What's an LED Backlight Panel?

As a basic description of a back-lit panel, the LED lights are lined up on the back of the fixture's frame. The LED lights shine downward through the fixture's lens, providing broad illumination throughout the desired area. These lights are set up in general areas, offering bright light for hallways, rooms, and other spaces.


Since the lights shine downwards, there is no need for a guide panel diffuser that directs the lighting correctly. The light reduces glare with a standard lens diffuser that delivers wide illumination. Most situations where a LED backlight panel is installed are in drop ceilings with some depth above the fixture body.


What Are The Common Locations of an LED Backlight Fixture?

One of the biggest benefits of a LED backlight fixture is the versatility of the fixture and its installation locations. You can install these with ease wherever you need a bright light covering large areas indoors. In most cases, these lights will replace the spot of standard fluorescent troffers.


Some of the most common locations for an LED backlight fixture are:


  • Office Buildings
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Utility Rooms 

    When going over the list of common locations, they all have similar layouts that require general lighting for improved visibility. You typically won't use a LED backlight panel as a spotlight, as the light shines at a wide-angle. Many property owners will incorporate these backlight panels for general lighting and mix in more specialized light fixtures to highlight features. 

    You can set the right brightness level according to the location with dimmable LEDs. An office building will likely require brighter lights than a restaurant. While selecting an LED light fixture, you should consider the brightness of the lights. There is a large selection of brightness and color temperature variations available.

What Are The Differences Between an LED Edge Lighting and LED Back Lighting?

Back-lighting and edge-lighting LED panels are popular options for retrofitting traditional ceiling lighting. They are ideal for replacing in-ceiling fluorescent troffers, and they come in many common grid sizes like 1×4, 2×2, and 2×4. New LED lighting technology allows these flat panels to be very thin, down to fixtures as small as a half-inch in thickness.


The thin design means that some fixtures can be flush-mounted to walls or hung from cables in high-ceiling environments. In most cases, the edge-lit fixtures are better suited for installation on the perimeter of rooms. A backlight fixture can offer general illumination throughout a room from all angles.


This new lighting technology allows installation versatility that has not been available for many years. The light source is behind the panel in back-lit models and travels directly through it. There is uniform brightness across the panel's surface. However, there is a requirement for some distance between the light sources and the panel.


In edge-lit models, the LED lights are around the inside of the fixture housing. The LED light is then adjusted downwards through a diffuser filter. Edge-lit fixtures were a popular format in a LED panel category during the introductory stage of LED lighting. However, it has lost popularity among models in terms of efficiency.


Backlighting has proved to be the superior lighting style due to projecting light through fewer materials in the fixture. Still, edge-lit fixtures retain a spot in the market where fixture costs are a higher priority than operational costs and a preference for the design. However, the real saving is lower operational costs delivered by back-lit panels.


What Are The Benefits of Switching to a LED Backlight Fixture?

If you are looking to make the switch from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting, you will enjoy the many benefits it has to offer. Below are some of the most significant benefits of choosing these light fixtures.


When most property owners decide to change their lights to LED, it's likely due to the great energy savings. LED lights require less energy to operate, so your LED backlight fixture will use only a small percentage required for a fluorescent tube. Your monthly bills will lower after converting to LED lighting with better energy efficiency.



Better Performance

Due to the design of standard fluorescent tubes, there is often light flickering that strains the eyes of those around it. If you install LED lighting in your office building, the occupants will experience less strain on their eyes. Additionally, less heat is expelled when a LED light fixture is operating.


When you have a property that needs dozens of fixtures, the heat produced by the fluorescent lighting can affect the temperature. With an LED lighting design layout, you will have an easier time maintaining a comfortable temperature. Install LED backlight panels if you want to create an enjoyable environment for everyone.


Improved Longevity

If you want to reduce maintenance costs, one of the best ways is to install LED lighting instead of fluorescent lights. LED lights have an average operating life of 50,000 hours, with some lasting up to 100,000 hours. When you want to cut out the costs required to replace tubes, you can switch to these backlight panels.


Additionally, if you need light fixtures in wet environments, you can choose a fixture rated for these areas. A wet-rated light fixture has features that prevent water intrusion and keep the lighting system dry. These are crucial to maintaining proper visibility in environments that pose slipping hazards.



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