LED panel lights for residential use?
Will LED panel lights (or luminaries) be one step closer to the holy grail of residential lighting? Currently, these lights are offered in sizes that will fit in commercial ceiling grids, e.g. 2′ x 2′, 2′ x 4′, 2’ x 8’, etc. They are typically less than 1/2″ thick excluding the LED driver that may or may not be attached directly to the fixture. As Martin noted in Rule 2 on his 10 Rules on Lighting, it’s better to illuminate the ceiling than the floor. Mounting these large format panels directly to the ceiling illuminates a much larger area than any point source or fluorescent lamp could.
A web search of “led panel lights” provides a list of sites supplying these lights. Many of these LED lights are dimmable. Other options include variable color temperatures and remote mounted LED drivers. Some also include an LED driver that allows the user to select the color temperature.
Can anyone share their experience with these LED panel lights in a residential environment? They seem like a good choice for my kitchen remodel.
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