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How to choose the right LED Panels and the best products available

In this guide

Comparison table

 

Square

Rectangle

Round

Savings

37.5%

37.5%

40%

Common Usage

Recessed ceilings:

  • smaller offices
  • schools
  • hospitals

Recessed ceilings:

  • larger offices
  • Schools
  • open plan offices
  • corridors
  • small spaces
  • domestic homes

Wattage

Typically 40w. Available in lower wattages

typically 60-75w

typically 6w up to 24w

Cost

£15 - £60

£45 - £120

£3 - £25

Sizes

600 x 600mm (2ft x 2ft) – including frame

595 x 595mm x 9mm excluding driver for panel

600 x 1200mm (2ft x 4ft)

595 x 1195 x 9mm for panel

Diameter = 120mm to 300mm

Colour temperature

3000k – warm white

4000k – cool white

6000k - daylight

4000k – cool white

6000k - daylight

4000k – cool white

6000k - daylight

Energy Rating

A+

A+

A+

Brands

  • Britesource
  • Philips
  • Osram
  • Britesource
  • Britesource
  • Philips

Warranty

3 – 5 years

3 -5 years

3 years

Rated Lifespan

30,000+ hrs

30,000+ hrs

30,000+ hrs

Beam angle

120 °

120 °

120 o

Luminance

Approx. 3200 to 4000 lumen (depending on colour temp.)

Approx. 6000 to 7000 lumen

300+ lumen

Savings

Square

37.5%

Rectangle

37.5%

Round

40%

Common Usage

Square

Recessed ceilings:

  • smaller offices
  • schools
  • hospitals

Rectangle

Recessed ceilings:

  • larger offices
  • Schools
  • open plan offices

Round

  • corridors
  • small spaces
  • domestic homes

Wattage

Square

Typically 40w. Available in lower wattages

Rectangle

typically 60-75w

Round

typically 6w up to 24w

Cost

Square

£15 - £60

Rectangle

£45 - £120

Round

£3 - £25

Sizes

Square

600 x 600mm (2ft x 2ft) – including frame

595 x 595mm x 9mm excluding driver for panel

Rectangle

600 x 1200mm (2ft x 4ft)

595 x 1195 x 9mm for panel

Round

Diameter = 120mm to 300mm

Colour temperature

Square

3000k – warm white

4000k – cool white

6000k - daylight

Rectangle

3000k – cool white

4000k - daylight

Round

3000k – cool white

4000k - daylight

Energy Rating

Square

A+

Rectangle

A+

Round

A+

Brands

Square

  • Britesource
  • Philips
  • Osram

Rectangle

  • Britesource

Round

  • Britesource
  • Philips

Warranty

Square

3 – 5 years

Rectangle

3 -5 years

Round

3 years

Rated Lifespan

Square

30,000+ hrs

Rectangle

30,000+ hrs

Round

30,000+ hrs

Beam angle

Square

120 °

Rectangle

120 °

Round

120 o

Luminance

Square

Approx. 3200 to 4000 lumen (depending on colour temp.)

Rectangle

Approx. 6000 to 7000 lumen

Round

300+ lumen

Benefits of LED panels

  • Easy to install
  • Anti-glare
  • Long life
  • Can save you up to 44% on your energy bill
  • Great for showrooms
  • Helps focus customers and employees
  • Improve productivity when using bright colour temperature
  • Better for the environment

Bestselling LED panels

dimmable led panels

Dimmable 40W Led Panel – 600mm x 600mm (square)

  • Easy to fit
  • High lumens of 3800
  • Sleek finish
  • 5% energy savings
  • 6000k (daylight colour)
  • Average life of 35, 000 hours
  • 5 year warranty

£65.10

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72w led panel

72W Led Panel – 1200mm x 600mm (Rectangle)

  • Cool white/daylight colour
  • Average life of 50,000 hours
  • 3 year warranty
  • Comes with a trim frame
  • Price promise guarantee

£59.76

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24w round led panel

24w round Led light panel – 300mm

  • Ideal replacement for a fluorescent fitting
  • Ideal for shallow/normal ceilings
  • 4000k colour
  • 3 year warranty
  • Driver included

£11.99

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Customer Reviews

We strive for excellence. Take a look at what our customers think of us:

Case Study – Gibson Pharmacy

Gibson Pharmacy contacted Lamp Shop Online looking to reduce its electricity costs, and achieve a more environmentally friendly working environment.

Our solution was to replace old Fluorescent bulbs with modern LED panels. This solution offered a 52% saving on electricity usage and a payback time of just three years.

Considering the 50,000 hours average life of the LED panel Gibson Pharmacy achieved an overall saving of nearly £9,000!

Gibson Pharmacy has received great feedback from patients, surgery and pharmacy staff. They were impressed by the improvement made to the pharmacy’s aesthetics!

Small Shop / Retailer

Replacing 101 Fluorescent tubes with 37 LED panels

Energy costs per year:

Fluorescent lights: £1, 027 per year

LED Replacements: £537 per year

Total Energy Savings per year: £490

Upgrade & payback costs:

Cost to upgrade to LED: £1,523

Expected life of LED: 19.2 years

Payback of upgrade in:

3 years.

Total savings over LED lifetime:

£8, 862

before and after before and after

Accessories – Surface mounting kit

surface mounting kit

Surface mounting kits allow LED panels to be suspended from the ceiling. These are perfect for rooms that do not have recessed LED panels, or those who want to make a stylish impression.

The LED Panel Surface Mounting kit:

  • Comes in 4 pieces complete with fixings
  • Depth: 55mm
  • Colour: white

£14.96

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Installation guide

1. Disconnect mains supply

disconnect mains supply

2. Remove existing ceiling tile or luminaire

remove existing ceiling tile or luminaire

3. Connect mains supply to driver

connect mains supply to drive

4. Place driver on top of panel

5. Place panel into ceiling grid

place driver on top of panel

6. Reconnect power and test

7. Register warranty online

reconnect power and test

Types of LED Panels

Dimmable

  • Almost identical to their halogen counterparts. Although some LED dimmers are more modern than halogen.
  • Some dimmable LED panels come with a remote so you can dim the lights wherever you are in the room.
  • Dimmable LEDs come in most sizes.
  • You can purchase dimmable driver, depending on your choice of panel.

Fire rated

  • A fire rated panel can withstand a standard fire resistance test. The rating usually dictates how long a panel can withstand the damage a fire can cause.
  • They can provide enough light needed for people to get out of a potentially life-threatening danger.
  • The PyroPanel is certified to offer 30 minutes fire-resistance when correctly installed.

Emergency

  • Emergency LED panels can continue working well after the main power source has been cut.
  • Some offices use Emergency LED panels to light up a path to the nearest emergency exit.
  • You can upgrade standard LED panels to be fitted with an emergency module.

Low Glare

  • Low glare LED panels help minimise the uncomfortable sensation caused by excessive brightness.

Sky Panels

  • Sky panels are bright LED lights with a 3D design of a sky, including clouds.
  • Provide great ambience for offices and meeting rooms which lack natural light.
  • Sky panels are sold in four blocks, which need to be installed next to each other.
  • These panels are energy saving and can be retrofitted.

FAQs

Can I fit LED panels myself?

Whilst LED panels are relatively easy to install, we would still recommend using a fully qualified electrician. They can professionally install and test the LED panel to ensure that it’s safe for your use.

 Where are LED panels mainly used?

Because LED’s are so reliable and efficient, they are used widely in offices, shops, educational buildings, hospitals, warehouses and factories. They are also becoming more and more popular in domestic settings, with many housebuilders fitting them across their new-build estates.

They tend to be installed whenever premises—particularly businesses and commercial sites—are looking to upgrade their fluorescent tubes or troffers.

How do LED panels work?

Our guide to LEDs explains the science behind the technology.

In terms of what goes into the panels themselves, they have several main components:

  • Frame—thin and lightweight and made of aluminium, this stops the light leaking from the edges of the panel
  • LED chips—LEDs mounted to a circuit board
  • Light guide plate—this directs light from the LEDs towards the diffuser
  • Diffuser—this distributes the light evenly outward, while reducing the amount of glare
  • Reflector plate—this makes sure that all light is reflected back into the light guide plate
  • Heat sink—although they don’t get as hot as incandescent bulbs, LEDs still release heat, which can affect performance. The conductive metal heat sink takes away this heat and helps it to cool, keeping the panel’s temperature at a safe level
  • Back cover—also made of aluminium, this protects the components and gives the panel its overall look