Back Light Onyx & Natural Stone
Onyx has unique characteristics that are different from any other precious stone. Onyx ranges in color from a clean white to pink to honey, each slab is different in it’s own way, both in color and characteristics, appealing to those who want a counter, feature wall, reception desk or different application unlike any other.
Onyx is often used in luxury applications because of a higher price tag due its scarcity and extraction challenges. Being scarce though is what makes it attractive, making it one of the most popular precious stones.
Most slabs of onyx have at least some translucent properties, allowing for the ability to be illuminated.
Onyx by itself is extremely beautiful, however, it becomes astonishingly eye-catching when backlit. Lighting brings out characteristics, depth, and colors that can’t be seen without illumination and because the stone already carries a higher cost, the addition of lighting is minimal in comparison.
Another reason Onyx back lighting is becoming increasingly popular is because of the advancements in lighting technology. In the past, fluorescent tubes were primarily used for back lighting however this required a large amount of diffuser spacing to create even illumination. The lifetime of fluorescence is very short as well requiring the lighting to be accessible for continuous maintenance. For these reasons the back lighting of Onyx was often not possible. The invention of LED light panels solved these problems.
Unlike fluorescent lighting or even LED modules and bulbs, LED light panels don’t need a large amount of spacing behind the surface to adequately illuminate a counter-top, back splash, or other overlay material.