Using lighting to elevate the restaurant experience is a very common practice in the hospitality and restaurant design world. Lighting helps to establish the mood and ambience of the restaurant and creates an atmosphere where customers want to visit and enjoy. For high end restaurants, a bar serves a greater purpose than simply providing alcoholic beverages; they often serve as a design focal point for the entire restaurant.
For this specific fine dining Asian restaurant, the designer wanted to add illumination to the bar to emphasize the restaurant’s luxury brand image. A total of 16 LUXFIT LED light panels were utilized to illuminate the yellow faux alabaster stone slabs installed around the perimeter of the bar.
The designer picked a yellow faux stone alabaster specifically to create a luxurious image that reflected the restaurant’s brand colors and aesthetic. Reds, yellows, whites, gold, and dark woods composed the basic color palette of this upscale Asian restaurant. Yellow faux alabaster was chosen as the stone material because it meshed well with the overarching color palette. As a translucent stone, the addition of LED illumination would bring out the brilliance in the coloration and natural veining seen in the material. And out of all the available backlighting products for illuminating the faux alabaster stone, LUXFIT’s sleek, even illumination would prove to be the best fit for this particular project.
With translucent stone illumination, one of the common problems is figuring out how to illuminate the material without hotspots. Fortunately for a product like LUXFIT, the LEDs populate only the outside edges of the light panel, lending to an even backlit appearance.
Due to the smaller custom sizes of the selected surface material, the LUXFIT LED light panels were perfectly cut to size. Although the stones varied in width, the heights were all equal. With this in mind, the LEDCONN engineering team made sure to populate the top and bottom edges on the light panel with LEDs so that the brightness would be equal across all the panels.
Evenness and brightness quality were controlled largely by two factors: the uniformity of the light panel heights and the even light distribution through LEDCONN’s Dot-Pattern Technology. The light panels all share the same height, which helps promote evenness and uniform brightness across all of them even with different panel widths. The equidistant placement of LEDs on the top and bottom of the panels played a key role in ensuring the overall brightness remains the same. Additionally, LEDCONN’s Dot-Pattern Technology helped to provide even light distribution. A custom dot pattern was etched on each panel surface to help light travel evenly across the panel. The combination of these two factors ensured the highest illumination quality behind each illuminated stone.
Due to the relatively low wattage of each of the panels, the LEDCONN engineering team simply advised the installer to not exceed 96W on a single driver. The exact wattages of each requested panel size had been indicated on the final bill of materials so that the installer would be able to calculate and connect panels to drivers and dimmers on their own. The LEDCONN engineering team simply provided a wiring diagram of the power supply connections so the installer would better understand how to connect the panels to the requested drivers and dimmers.
Stone bar illumination projects like this one are fairly straightforward for custom lighting manufacturers offering customizable LED light panel products for LUXFIT. At LEDCONN, store illuminated bars are our wheelhouse and we regularly engineer these types of projects with panache and finesse. With our many years of experience illuminating stone bars, we were able to help the designer successfully find the perfect balance among energy-efficiency, product fit, and beautiful aesthetics.
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