Plexiglass is used for many classic handyman applications. But also in the design sector, Plexiglass allows breathtaking light effects. Thanks to the rapidly advancing LED technology, even Plexiglass illuminations are possible that could not have been realized until recently. Below you will find tips and information on how to effectively illuminate Plexiglass.
Plexiglass and light
Even the general properties of Plexiglass are almost perfect for illuminating an acrylic glass body:
- Plexiglass is warmly deformable
- the translucency or transparency is 92 percent (conventional glass only 82 percent!)
- Plexiglass has excellent light-guiding properties
Modern LED technology enables entirely new approaches
These possibilities, which result from these properties, become interesting only through the LED technology, which has advanced immensely in recent years. For a long time LEDs have not been as “huge” as the ones that were initially in fashion. The very flat SMD LEDs have long prevailed over conventional “big” LEDs.
SMD LEDs and final lighting for Plexiglass
These LEDs can be used as a treadmill ultra-flat on the outer edges of a Plexiglass plate are placed. They then guide the light completely through the Plexiglass surface. However, these LEDs are relatively expensive. Evonik, the manufacturer of Plexiglass, has therefore developed special fiber optic cables – the Enlighten system.
Endlighten: designed by Evonik
This is an optical fiber strand, which efficiently passes the light. However, in the interior of the light fiber, so to speak the filling, the suspended matter is integrated. This suspended matter and arranged so that the transmitted light is deflected at them, and inward. Thus, grandiose effects are possible at a moderate price.
This is interesting, for example, if you engrave the Plexiglass body because here the light breaks and the engraved lines are highlighted. In this way, you can illuminate objects lasered inside a Plexiglass body in a fascinating 3D effect.
Requirements for Plexiglass
However, the prerequisite is that the edges of the Plexiglass are also absolutely transparent. But especially in actions such as sawing Plexiglass, the Plexiglass edge is rough and dull. Therefore, the edge must be perfectly processed before the final lighting installation. If you follow the link, you ‘ll learn how to polish Plexiglass to a shine.
Guidelight over a large area in Plexiglass
However, you can also initiate the light over the large area of a Plexiglass plate; it is then passed up to the cutting edges. If you matt the Plexiglass (along with the edges – not the large surfaces!), The frosted edge is particularly illuminated, it also creates an interesting effect.
Illuminate half transparent Plexiglass
You can also illuminate half transparent, milky Plexiglass. Moreover, if you light the Plexiglass over the back, you will get a pleasing, stained lighting effect. However, you need a relatively high number of suitable LEDs to illuminate the surface evenly.
Milky plexiglass can also be illuminated on the edges with and lighting systems. However, the light is not illuminated by the semi-transparent Plexiglass, but rather creates an interesting edge lighting effect.
Illuminate opaque Plexiglass indirectly
Of course, you can not light translucent Plexiglass. The trend is, for example, so-called TV walls or TV walls. You can build the wall with Plexiglass, but leave it open at the edges. Then simply attach an LED strip to the back of the Plexiglass, creating a striking effect with indirect lighting.