LED Panel and Troffer Fixtures
Improve overall lighting and reduce energy costs by replacing existing fluorescent fixtures in classrooms, hospitals, offices, and other commercial settings with LED panels and troffers. Choose from a variety of size options and color temperatures ranging from 3000 Kelvin to 5000 Kelvin. Some ceiling light panels and troffers are dimmable with 0-10V dimmer switches and may be compatible with motion sensors to customize lighting levels and reap even greater energy savings. Other options include a pre-installed emergency battery backup that will power the fixture for up to 90 minutes during a power outage.
Available in 2’x4’, 2’x2’, and 1’x4’ sizes, LED panels offer the same exceptional energy savings as LED troffers. For even greater savings, look for those with DLC certification. They have been tested to meet strict energy standards and may qualify for state or local rebates. Sold individually or in packs, these fixtures come on instantly to full brightness without needing a warmup period, and feature a shatter-resistant lens. Unlike traditional troffers that can be bulky, LED panels have an incredibly thin design, making them ideal for shallow ceilings. They only weigh about seven pounds each- lightweight enough to allow for one-person installation, reducing labor costs. Each LED light panel comes with a built-in LED driver to eliminate compatibility issues and assist with ease of installation. Designed primarily for drop-ceilings or drywall ceilings, these LED panels are remarkably easy to install. Once the integrated LED driver has been properly wired, tabs on the back of the fixture must be bent for the panel light to hang directly from the drop ceiling. For greater versatility, some LED panels may also be suspended or surface-mounted with the right mounting hardware or kits.
Edge-Lit vs. Back-Lit LED Panels
LED panel lighting is available as either edge-lit or back-lit. Edge-lit panels have LED strips placed along the edges of the fixture. Using a guide panel, the light is directed into a diffuser that evenly distributes the light output. This gives edge-lit panels a slimmer profile. Back-lit LED panels, on the other hand, place LED diodes in rows across the back of the fixture cavity. The light is channeled directly into the lens, providing a more uniform light. The back-lit fixtures have a slightly larger profile than edge-lit panels.
Selectable LED Panel Fixtures
Ideal for both new construction and remodeling, selectable led panels allow you to set the light output, set a color temperature, or set both during installation. These LED panels and troffers have one or two switches, usually located on the back of the fixture. Just keep in mind that if you need to adjust the settings after installation, you will need to unmount the fixture to access the controls.
How the Light is Distributed
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), a well-distributed light is ideal for low glare helping to reduce eye strain and improve safety in the workplace. LED troffers feature a frosted lens to evenly diffuse light. The low-glare lens of LED panels also helps to eliminate dark spots and reduce the number of fixtures needed to cover an area.
Understanding Kelvin Color Temperature
If you prefer the light of halogen lamps, pick a fixture that produces a warmer light around 3000 Kelvin. For testing rooms, hospitals, and dentist offices, studies have shown that a cooler white Kelvin temperature around 4000 is better for visibility, focus, alertness, and productivity.
What Are LED Troffers?
LED troffers have longer lifespans and consume less power than traditional fluorescent troffers, thereby saving money on maintenance and operational costs. Available in a variety of sizes (2’x4’, 2’x2’, and 1’x4’), the life span of these recessed lighting fixtures ranges from 50,000 to 100,000 hours. Product warranties of five to ten years provide even greater confidence for long-lasting performance. For additional savings, look for DLC and DLC Premium-rated fixtures as some may also qualify for state or local rebates.
LED vs LED Ready Troffers
Many of our LED troffers use integrated LEDs, meaning the LED arrays are built in and not replaceable. The diodes in these fixtures are designed with a specific Kelvin color temperature and lumen output, and once they reach the end of their life, the fixture must be replaced. LED ready troffers use single-ended LED T8 tubes that are sold separately. This allows you to customize the light output and easily change it later as the needs of your space change.
Fluorescent Troffer Fixtures
Fluorescent Lay-In Troffers
Whether you're looking for 2-lamp, 3-lamp or 4-lamp lay-in troffers, you'll find the T8 bulb fixtures you need for your commercial and industrial applications. Choose from a wide variety of lengths, widths, wattages, and lens types. These troffers are available with or without bulbs included. Available in parabolic or volumetric styles, find the right fluorescent troffer at 1000Bulbs.com.
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