The writing is on the wall; LEDs are absolutely the natural choice for lighting up environments in a way that bring out layout detail and product features.
From better light uniformity to lower energy costs, the advantages of using LED light panels quickly add up. But, to fully leverage these advantages, you have to pick a great LED light panel.
But what does that mean? How does a designer objectively define what makes up a great LED light panel that ticks off all the boxes?
As LED lighting industry-leaders for over 17 years, we spend a significant amount of time and resources ensuring that our panels are best-of-breed so we thought we’d light the veil of LED light panel quality.
While Omnify Lighting caters to the needs of all it’s customers by offering both edge-lit and embedded lighting techniques in the manufacture of LED light panels, for most use-cases, the benefits of using embedded LEDs are unquestionable.
Edge-lit panels house LED strips at their edges, with light being re-directed across their surfaces. Unfortunately, the manner in which LEDs are housed can dramatically impact a panel’s adaptability and structural integrity. For instance, many edge-lit panels house their LEDs within an aluminum extrusion (or frame) that surrounds the panel. These rigid frames reduce design flexibility because straight frames don’t permit curved shapes. That said, edge-lit panels such as OmniEdge are engineered for incredible value through energy efficiency,
Using embedded technology, Omnify LED panels use LEDs strips that are placed inside the acrylic of the panel thereby creating a frame-less panel with no need for extrusion to house the LEDs. The LED strip curves to follow twists and turns of each cut, to make softly diffused LED panels in any shape and design.
Integrated Heat Sink
Omnify light panels incorporates a unique heat sink that dissipates the heat generated by the LEDs thereby ensuring that the panel is cool to the touch. This improved heat dissipation through high powered thermally managed LED modules ensures a long life span(most Omnify panels have a lifespan of 70,000 hours backed by a 5 year warranty) and consistent light without a bulky metal frame.
3D V-Cutting Technology
As opposed to laser etching, 3D V-Cutting technology lets light disperse from the edges to center of LED light panels, thereby creating an even look without any shadows.
Not all edge-lit LED panels provide truly even backlighting. Edge-lit light panels are on their own brighter around the perimeter of the panel, while being darker inside.
To shine evenly, LED panels need to be engineered to let light travel from the edges to the center. LED manufacturers use a number of methods to achieve uniformity. However, these methods have various degrees of success.
With etched grooves in the acrylic, Omnify effectively creates light channels in each panel which is optimized by a proprietary algorithm and patented 3D V-Cutting process to properly disperse light from the LED panel’s edges to its center. As a result, each Omnify Lighting LED light panel has bright, smooth light from edge-to-edge and all our LED light panels are a superior solution for brand architects and designers who are looking for a light guide panel that offers smooth, consistent light dispersion.
Each Omnify Lighting LED panel has bright, smooth light, no matter the size or shape.
Unlike traditional light panels which have the light source mounted on the exterior of the LGP (Light Guide Plate), Omnify Lighting integrates top-of-the-line LEDs that provide high brightness and quality heat sinks into its exclusive 3D V-cutting LGP which makes it possible to produce “frameless”, rectangular or custom shaped LED light panels for various application needs. Simply put, there are no limitations on what can be created with Omnify LED light panels.
Opportunities for creativity and custom applications in lighting design has broadened due to the recent advancements in lighting technology. The advent of affordable LED lighting has created a paradigm shift in the way we use illumination, as LEDs are extremely small, flexible, and can be customized in ways traditional lighting isn’t capable of.
Type of Acrylic
The acrylic used in LED light panels is produced in two basic versions, cast and extruded. Cast acrylic lends greater chemical resistance, is more pliable than extruded and is less likely to bend, chip, or melt during milling. Because extruded material is limited in thickness, cast acrylic is a better option for larger structures, installations, etc. However, lower quality panels tend to use extruded acrylic in their construction since it costs less than cast and polishes more cost-effectively.
At Omnify Lighting, we use only cast acrylic in all of our panels because of it’s unmatched surface finish, flatness, and optical properties. Further, cast acrylic is thermo-formable and can be reworked hot, which is not always possible with extruded acrylic sheets.Further, through using cast acrylic our panels are available in thousands of standard and custom colors and have greater range of available thicknesses.
The best LED light panels have multiple fully dimmable output level options and the ability to embed LEDs along 1 edge, 2 opposing edges or along all 4 edges of the acrylic.
Further, it’s important to ensure that your LED light panel is available with a variety of white color options as well as CCT and RBG. It doesn’t hurt to be able to match specific colors on request(our Omnisheet Chroma is built specifically for this).
Lastly, through different wattage and voltage options, you should be able to configure lighting solutions that work for your projects because custom is key to perfection.
At Omnify, we focus on building out your exact specifications into solutions across voltage options (12V/24V), wire exit locations and laser or 3D V-Cutting fabrication, panel width and diffusion options in colors of your choice.
Adherence to Safety Standards
If you held two LED lights in your hand, would you be able to pick out the one that had a lower chance of failure? What about if we asked you to pick out the one that had a lower risk of overheating and catching fire? What if we told you that you didn’t need to make educated guesses because there was an organization that was committed to evaluating the safety of LED lights?
Simply put, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a nationally-recognized and independently accredited organization that published globally accepted standards that protect both people and products. Their main activity includes the validation, testing, inspecting and auditing of products and the dissemination of information that helps companies on how to build safer products.
The addition of the UL mark to any product therefore implies safe operation thereby bringing peace of mind to the consumer. That’s you, the lighting designer/brand manager. As a designer, if you’re installing lighting in a single location or across stores, there is no substitute for specifying Omnify’s premium UL-Listed panels(which come with a minimum 5 year warranty), all of which are specifically tested to make sure they won’t end up malfunctioning and causing a fire, or some other safety hazard
LED lighting is sometimes complicated but it shouldn’t be difficult to identify a great LED light panel for your design projects. If you want to be absolutely certain that you’re specifying a top-pf-the-line LED light panel, you should consider the patented and award-winning LumiSheet or the revolutionary OmniSheet that are flagship products within the panels range of the Omnify Lighting family.