Light plays a significant role in architectural design.
More than just the illumination of a space, lighting can be a symbol of art that significantly magnifies the artistic appeal and beauty of a space, elevating it to be more.
How, you ask? With thoughtful architectural lighting design.
Architectural lighting design combines three leading factors to create a sense of wonder.
The first is the building’s aesthetic, which is a critical consideration for residential and commercial applications.
The second consideration is ergonomic or functional — any aspect which improves one’s ability to live, work, function, relax, or play — to make the space more comfortable to use.
For instance, in a retail store, shelf lighting plays a vital role in helping customers see the product more clearly and gauge its physical dimensions.
The third and final aspect involves energy efficiency, which involves ensuring that light is appropriate, used and distributed in an efficient, optimal and yes, economic way.
While dimmable and programmable lighting seem to be gaining popularity within the lighting community, one underused technique in architectural lighting is backlighting.
Backlighting is what it sounds like: lighting that illuminates objects from behind their physical structure. When you light from behind– a counter-top, wall, shelf, or even the floor—the item is highlighted in its environment. Backlighting is also a clever way to create modern mood lighting without spending a lot of money or time, to make it happen.
Advantages of Backlighting
Backlighting is known to exponentially increase the impact of brands on their audiences in most environments.
How does backlighting achieve this?
Studies show that internally-lit or backlit structures are more visible from farther away than a structure that uses task lighting, since the colors appear brighter and the physical characteristics within the structure stand out.
This effect is especially beneficial in locations with dimmer ambient lighting, such as a counter-top in a bar, or the product shelves at a retail store – your backlit structures will stand out like beacons and become the focal point of your exhibit.
While we know that backlighting can provide the desired impact, it is also essential to choose the right lighting elements to backlight a structure.
Most successful brands—who’ve gotten their feet wet with lighting design experiments—will tell you that a LED light panel is probably the best option for backlighting.
Let’s examine the top reasons why LED light panels are the best option to backlight almost anything:
In the past, architectural spaces needed deep enclosures to accommodate the space requirements of incandescent bulbs that lit a particular structure. With the advent of LED light panels, this problem was permanently solved. LED light panels are generally less than 10 mm thick, which helps light designers integrate them into incredibly shallow spaces. Custom feature walls are a brilliant example of what’s possible when you marry super-thin LED panel profiles with existing architectural design.
Lighting products usually come in standard shapes and sizes, limiting their application to specific environments. At Omnify, both LumiSheet™ and OmniSheet™ use a unique, patented process that allows for the embedding of the LEDs and heat sink into the acrylic panel itself, making custom shapes possible. In today’s world, most lighting applications require a light source that can illuminate custom shaped surfaces, and very few LED light panels can offer this capability outside the Omnify range of backlighting products.
LED light panels, such as LumiSheet™, allow for many color temperatures along with RGB. These light panels are quickly gaining popularity because they allow the light designer to set the panel to their desired color to match their brand. Restaurants and bars are perfect environments in which to use RGB light panels for backlit bar tops, floors, or accent walls.
One of the most popular reasons why customers use LED light panels is that they produce incredibly even, smooth illumination. At Omnify, our LED light panels are engineered to illuminate as evenly as possible through the surface of the structure so that you have smooth end-to-end light with no hotspots.
Some backlighting applications involve backlighting heavy surfaces such as glass, stone, or thick resin. And most often, the lighting element used to backlight these structures rest directly under these massive structures. Our LED light panels are made out of durable clear acrylic that can handle a high amount of weight, flexing, heat, and cold without adverse impact.
If you have a backlit bar, counter, feature wall, or some other architectural element that can have people touching them, you ideally do not want that surface to get warm. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs produce very little heat (which helps them last longer), so LED light panels are generally cool to the touch.
Custom lighting installations are never easy. LED light panels are as easy as it gets. Providing ease-of-installation with the correct tension for a suspended application, options like LumiSheet™ Flex offer bright, even illumination for ceilings.
Choice of Backlighting Products
Now, as much as it is crucial to pick the right lighting element to backlit your structure, it is equally important to choose the right product.
We know that picking the best-LED light panel can sometimes be complicated – given the number of brands with LED light panels on offer.
For instance, LumiSheet™ has gained its share of fame in the LED light panel world, and a couple of brands sell it. However, isn’t it always wise to pick the company that invented the LumiSheet™ in the first place—Omnify Lighting?
More importantly, it would be wise to watch out for improvised versions of the OEM’s flagship product.
Yes, while LumiSheet™ is popular for its superior output and high durability, OmniSheet™—yet another flagship product from the Omnify lighting family—is an improved version of LumiSheet™.
OmniSheet™, with embedded LEDs, can be cut into custom sizes, shapes, curves, and bends, allowing for one-to-one design matching. These embedded LED’s increase the durability of the panel and guarantee 70,000 hours of continuous output. They are also powered by the revolutionary OmniChip – delivering the best light distribution on the market (tested at a CRI of 95+).
With the invention of LED light panels, backlighting has become incredibly reliable, more cost-effective and consistently energy efficient. With Omnify LED light panels, light designers and brand architects have an excellent backlighting solution for any application that requires surface illumination.