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 ergonomical or functional that makes the space more comfortable to use with the ability to improve one’s ability to live, work, function, relax, or play. 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 appropriately used and distributed in an efficient, optimal and economical way.
“Backlighting is a powerful tool in architecture, creating a sense of depth and dimensionality that can transform a space and highlight its most compelling features.” – David Rockwell, Architect and Designer.
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.
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 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 bar counter-top, or retail shelving – 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. Let’s examine the top reasons why LED light panels are the best option to backlight almost anything:
Backlighting can create a sense of depth and dimensionality in a space, making it feel more dynamic and engaging.
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, OmniSheet™ uses 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 OmniSheet™, 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.
Backlighting can be used in a variety of ways and can be customized to fit the unique design of a space, making it a flexible lighting solution for architects and designers.
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. Most often, the lighting element used to backlight these structures rests directly under these massive structures. Our LED light panels are made out of durable clear acrylic that can handle a large amount of weight, flexing, heat, and cold without adverse impact.
Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs produce very little heat which helps them last longer and are generally cool to the touch. If you have a backlit bar, counter, feature wall, or an architectural element that comes into contact with customers, you ideally do not want that surface to get warm.
Custom lighting installations are never easy. LED light panels are as easy as it gets. Providing ease-of-installation for a suspended application, options like OmniSheet™ Flex offer bright, even illumination for ceilings.
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.