A guide to round LED panels: What are they and where can they be used

Thanks to their ability to produce a vast amount of light with brilliant efficiency, LED panels are a great option for both domestic and commercial installations.

There are a variety of LED panel types, sizes and shapes available and this guide will provide you with everything you need to know about round LED panels and how they can be used.

What are round LED panels and which types are available?

Round LED panels lights are mostly found in small rooms, small spaces and corridors, as they tend to offer a lower wattage than square and rectangular LED panels. Typically, a round LED panel will offer between 6w and 24w, with an A+ energy rating making them a cost-effective option for smaller spaces.

There are two main types of round LED panels available:

  • Dimmable
  • Emergency

The round dimmable panels are almost identical to halogen lights, although they usually benefit from a more modern design. For example, some LED panels are available with remotes which allow users to dim the lights from anywhere in the room. If you prefer low lighting, you may benefit from a low glare panel which will reduce excessive brightness.

Emergency round LED panels are also available. These are designed to continue working in the event of a fire when the emergency services cut off the power supply to the building. Round panels are very popular in corridors and walkways, so these emergency panels are a great way to light to pathway to an emergency exit. There are also some standard panels which can be upgraded with an emergency module.

The benefits of round LED panels

There are many reasons why round LED panels are so popular, with the following being the most common benefits:


These panel lights offer excellent value for money, with their long-lasting brightness. Round LED panels have a much longer lifespan than other lighting solutions such as halogen bulbs or downlights. This means that they will need to be replaced much less often, helping to save money over the long-term.

In addition, Round LED panels consume much less energy than other lighting types, helping to save on energy costs.

Easy installation

Round LED panel lights are quick to install and easy to maintain, so there will be no issues with ensuring adequate lighting all-year round.


The ease of installation with round LED panels also means they are extremely versatile, so you can install them in a wide variety of locations.

Round LED panels are perfect for providing decorative or ambient lighting in your home, either in the kitchen, your bedroom or bathroom. The stylish look of the panels will blend in well with home décor and dimmable LED panels will help you to create different moods depending on the occasion or the time of day.

In addition, they can be used in office and commercial spaces to provide focused light for displays or task lighting.

Colour temperatures

Round LED panels are available in a variety of colour temperatures, which will enable you to create lighting to suit both the room and environment, from cool white temperatures to warm yellow colours.

Instant light

These panels produce high-quality light, with no warm-up time and no flickering, unlike many older commercial lighting solutions.

Sizes and wattages

Round LED panels are available in a variety of sizes and wattages, so there is sure to be an option to suit your needs. Typically, it will be possible to choose from wattages of 6w up to 24w, with sizes of between 120mm and 300mm.

Where can round LED panels be used?

Round LED panels are popular in the following areas due to their ability to provide constant levels of lighting with minimal maintenance:

  • Offices
  • Shops
  • Warehouses
  • Hospitals
  • Factories

Many commercial spaces used fluorescent tube lighting or troffers in the past but, the benefits offered by LED panels are leading to more businesses switching their lighting to these ideal replacement options.

In addition, there are a growing number of round LED panels being installed within homes, with kitchens and bathrooms benefitting from bright yet decorative lighting. The slim profile of round LED panels makes them ideal for many installations as they fit neatly within the ceiling surface, especially where there is a shallow ceiling void.

How do round LED panels compare to square LED panels?

Depending on the ceiling space and the room size, there will be different panel options available. Square and round panels are the most common types of LED panel lighting; however, the technical differences will dictate which LED light style you need.

The majority of applications will be able to accommodate square panels, as commercial spaces, in particular, are often configured for square ceiling panels. In terms of colour, square panels offer the best luminous efficacy, making them a popular choice for larger areas which require more lighting.

In comparison, the round panels are easy to install, they’re versatile and the design creates a wide and even light projection.

These LED lighting panels tend to be used in smaller rooms or areas where it is possible to be more creative with lighting choices.

How do round LED panels compare to LED downlights?

Both LED panels and LED downlights are designed with a diffuser and an aluminium frame. However, the round panels also feature a light guide plant which spreads the light evenly throughout the panel for excellent lighting efficiency. The distribution of light within these panels makes them ideal for use in areas where soft lighting is more important than very bright lighting.

In comparison, LED downlights have backlighting which produces a brighter light in the centre, this isn’t as soft as round panels and will not distribute as far within the space. This makes LED downlights ideal for rooms which require very bright, focused lighting.

Top picks: Our best-selling round LED panels


Product Wattage Size Lumens Colour temp Warranty
Bright Source Round LED panel 18w PL replacement 18w 225mm diameter 1260 4000k & 6000k 3 years Buy Now
Emergency Round LED panel Twin 18w PL replacement 18w 224mm diameter 1260 4000k & 6000k 3 years Buy Now
Bright Source Round LED Panel 42w PL replacement 20w 238mm diameter 1400 4000k & 6000k 3 years Buy Now
Dimmable 15w Round LED panel 26w PL replacement 15w 194mm diameter 1050 4000k 3 years Buy Now
Round LED panel 18PL replacement 18w 170mm diameter 840 4000k & 6000k 3 years Buy Now

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