Understanding LED Light Panels

LED panel lights offer a contemporary, sleek alternative for ceiling (and even wall) lighting to old-dated linear fluorescent lighting. One of the things that make the panel lights look so much better than fluorescent troffers is their smooth "edge to edge" lighting. When you look up at a fluorescent tube fixture, you can see the tubes through the diffuser, even when the light is on—the light is bright where the tubes are, but darker in the spaces between the tubes. With LED panel lights, the diffuser is evenly lit all the way across.

Of course, they're also cheaper to run than fluorescent fixtures, and they run for five times longer without burning out. Because they don't use a ballast, they run quietly and without any of the flickering or dimming we've become accustomed to with ballast-based lighting.

Where and how can LED panel lights be used?

Drop Ceilings

Perhaps the most common installing for flat panel LED lights is in suspended ("drop") ceilings. Replacing an existing fluorescent fixture in your drop ceiling is quick, straightforward task, and installing an LED panel in a new drop ceiling is no more difficult than installing a fluorescent fixture.

Suspended/Hung from Ceiling or Overhead Beams

LED panels from ELEDLights.com come standard with wires that you can use to suspend your panel light from a ceiling or trusswork. This is ideal for applications where the ceiling is high, but you want to bring light closer. It can also look very striking and modern, as in this application, where 2x4 LED panels are suspended with chains:


2x2 LED panel lights suspended from ceiling with chains

Surface Mounted to Horizontal Surfaces (Like Ceilings)
LED panel lights can be mounted directly to the ceiling, either by building a frame for it or by using a slim frame mount accessory designed for the purpose. In the video below, YouTube user Kent Diego mounts a 2x4 LED panel light directly to the underside of a shelf over his workbench:

Surface Mounted to Vertical Surfaces (Like Walls)

For a dramatic, almost window-like lighting effect, LED panel lights can be mounted to walls. Dimmable panel lights, which allow you to control the brightness, can be mounted behind shelves for unique display lighting. For retail stores, a 2x2 LED panel at the back of a display box can make a striking showcase for shoes, jewelry, perfume, and more. An LED panel behind a bar will send light through the bottles for an eye-catching effect.

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