How to choose your LED Panel

Led lighting guide

The use of LED panel light has grown extensively over the years. Whereas it has been used on billboards and street lighting for decades, it is increasingly being used to illuminate residential and commercial buildings worldwide. The LED panel is a long-lasting, energy-saving light fixture that is gradually taking over from the incandescent light bulb.

It is a cost-effective light source that throws bright light evenly over a room and doesn’t have a glare. Due to its compact design and slim features, it can be easily mounted on ceilings, walls, and other flat surfaces. How then do you choose a LED panel for your home or office?

Size and installation

Most LED panel lights come in square and rectangular shapes in the following sizes – 600×600, 1200×300 and 1200×600.  There are different ways to install a LED panel light including suspending them from the ceiling using cables, having them surface mounted in a frame on the ceiling or having recessed lighting where a panel drops into an existing ceiling grip. Each of these lights suits a room depending on a room’s function.


Like most things, not all LED panels are the same. Some are brighter yet use less power. It is important to check the lumens per watt of a LED light fixture while buying it.  Lumens are a measure of the total amount of light emitted from a light source while watts measure how much energy is consumed by a light source. Lumens per watt measure the energy efficiency of a LED light fixture. Some LED panel lights deliver more light while using less energy meaning they produce more lumens per watt and are therefore more energy efficient.

Color Temperature

Measured in Kelvin (K), color temperature describes how the light from a LED panel looks, often phrased as warm white, pure white and cool white. Measurements range from 2700k for very warm to over 5000 for very cool lights. Warm lighting appears golden and yellow in color like a burning candle while cool white appears almost blue. If you are looking for a modern look for an office then cool white is the ideal color. For a more traditional golden color then warm white is what you would be looking for.

Dimming Function

Some LED panels from sonica led come with a dimming switch which allows the user to change the intensity of the light to suit different occasions or to serve different purposes. For instance, a dining room may require the dimming function to create a romantic ambiance. Dimming saves energy consumption and extends the panel’s life.

If you are looking for an efficient light source, then LED panels are your best bet. They brightly light up a room while using low energy. You should consider buying LED panels that will fit it into your existing ceiling grid and that produce more lumens per watt. Choose a color that is suitable for the room and remember to inquire if the LED panel has a dimming switch or not.

How to Build a creative business

How to Build a creative business

I’ve always wanted to start a really creative business of my own. I love arts, crafts and books so I’m thinking about floral design, a quilt shop, a bookstore or an art gallery. How do I decide which one is right for me?

Creative Urge

Dear Creative,

This is one of the hardest choices in starting or buying a business. Most people have many talents and interests. How can you possibly choose just one?

Several of your choices could be combined to create a business that reflects who you are. You could own a quilt shop that sells books and magazines on quilting, for example. Or, perhaps, an art gallery that only sells pictures of books about floral design while sitting on quilts? However, we think it would be very difficult to attempt them all, and you would be so unfocused that success would be unlikely.

One of Cindy’s favorite memories is a store up in Frisco, Colorado that was a Chinese restaurant, Laundromat, Video Store and Car Wash. It may have seemed like a good combination to the owners and it actually managed to stay in business a couple of years. The Laundromat, car wash and video store had a strange kind of synergy, but we seldom saw people buying food there.

Consider that a business, like cows on a dairy farm, always needs feeding and care. It will need work even when you’re tired and have already worked 12 hours that day. Which of the four possible businesses that you listed is the one thing you can do, day in and day out, and never get tired of? The historian Joseph Campbell always recommended: “Follow your bliss.” Which business is your “bliss”? Answer that, and everything else tends to fall into place. To move forward and make sure you have a very strong business, you need a top quality law firm. To support you every step of the way.

At the same time, business is a stern taskmaster! If you do not make a profit, you cannot stay in business. Can you answer this question: Which of your choices will give you the best chance to make a profit?

If you can’t answer it right now, or aren’t sure of the answer, begin with finding information about the place where you want to have this business. Can you draw enough customers locally to succeed? If you’re in a tiny town far from tourism areas, any of these choices will make success very tough. If you’re in an area that has a lot of potential buyers, either residential or tourist, the next step is to scope out the competition for each of these businesses.

Some competition is good-you can tell by their traffic whether there are enough interested people around to make a business work. You can also scope out the competition’s strengths and weaknesses. If you can find that your competition has a lot of unsatisfied customers, you’ve got a real opportunity. You may find that the competition with unhappy customers is running it as a hobby (you’re not planning on doing that, are you?). Consider making an offer to buy any local competitor that you’d like to emulate. An existing business comes with huge advantages, not the least of which are the existing customers and cash flow. You get to improve, not prove, the business.

Have you ever heard the reference to “Fred’s Junkyard and Croissants”? Fred was just a little too unfocussed, a lot like the Chinese Menagerie owner above (one business from column A, two businesses from column B). Remember to stay focused in whatever you decide so your energies are not spread too thin for success.

Bottom Line? Our recommendation would be to take care of your bottom line. Choose something that you love, will make you money, and make it fast enough that you don’t have to run at a loss for too long after you start.