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Old 07-23-2007, 05:49 PM   #1
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I had an odd request from a homebuilder today. He is putting onyx countertops in a wet bar and he wants them backlit. The tops are cut and ready to be installed. Anyone ever seen/done this?
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:59 PM   #2
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I had an odd request from a homebuilder today. He is putting onyx countertops in a wet bar and he wants them backlit. The tops are cut and ready to be installed. Anyone ever seen/done this?
Do you mean underlit, with lights mounted under to tops pointing up?

If so, yes I have seen it, the sparky used small LED lights mounted in cabinets. It looked tacky, but so did the rest of the condo, so it fit right in.

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Old 07-23-2007, 06:38 PM   #3
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I think I found something that will work. It is called light tape and is up to 24" wide and as long as I need. Check it out, pretty neat stuff.
http://www.lighttape.com
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Checked it out . Pretty neat product but, looks like the average life is only 2 - 3 years. I'm not sure if my clientele would accept the short life with most likely a premium price tag.
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I've done that many times. Your onyx needs to be set on a clear acrylic boxed frame. Depending on the type of onyx your using will determine the type of interior lighting. If your material is translucent then Color Kinetics
I-cove (LED) light fixture is your best bet. I've tried the LED tape but it didn't give me the punch I needed.

Being in Miami, it's pretty popular in the clubs and restaurants I've done.

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Check out Bella Note restuarant in Block 'E' downtown Minneapolis. Entire bar is backlit ony , installed by Granite-Tops in St. Cloud, MN
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check out luminairetiles. they make a lighting system specifically for lighting slabs from under the slab. Light panels are 1/2" thick, glue down on top of sub top, they say they last 20 years, low voltage, look good. have installed their lights on a couple of projects.
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you can order custom backlit onyx to your specs here:

http://www.gpidesign.com

the onyx stone veneer is on a LED panel, low power useage and heat, and long life.

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We have been manufacturing Electric Vinyl panels for over 15 years and have done many custom projects illuminating onyx for bars, countertops, vanities, walls etc.; where space is limited and illumination required. It's basically a flat sheet of light with uniform lighting; no hot and cold spots as you get with LED's. We can custom make your counter tops space to include cutouts for sinks and taps as well as curved and rounded corners.
Take a look at our website for further information. Electricvinyl .com and send us an e-mail; we'll provide excellent references and a brochure with further information.
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I had an odd request from a homebuilder today. He is putting onyx countertops in a wet bar and he wants them backlit. The tops are cut and ready to be installed. Anyone ever seen/done this?

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Looks like New World carries Light Tape as well. Must be a good product if they carry EL. Their LEDs look like for backlighting poster displays.

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Dont waste your time with Electroluminescent products or building acrylic boxes. google this product :

"The LED Light Panel by Nu World"

This technology is what is normally used to backlight your LCD screen and you can now buy it from this company in anything up to 48" x 96" with perfect even illumination.

We use it often for backlighting onyx, glass, resin etc

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Looks like they offer a variety of lifetimes depending on brightness. For applications like backlighting a vanity, unless they live in the bathroom, a few hours a day of on-time, would mean it would last for 40 years.
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Checked it out . Pretty neat product but, looks like the average life is only 2 - 3 years. I'm not sure if my clientele would accept the short life with most likely a premium price tag.
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Looks like they offer a variety of lifetimes depending on brightness. For applications like backlighting a vanity, unless they live in the bathroom, a few hours a day of on-time, would mean it would last for 40 years.
Capt Tree - looks like you have done your homework on EL products confirming in your post that they can last years depending on the chemistry and of course number of hours illuminated each day.

We have manufactured custom jobs for clients that have had their Electric Vinyl (EL) illuminated counter tops in place for over 5+ years with no issues.

The difference is, we are manufacturing EL panels and Nu World distributes both EL and LED's.
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over 2 years ago, I hope this project is complete by now.
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Hey

A client suggested this site some time back and I noticed a few posts about backlighting of onyx using a Nu World LED light panel.
We went ahead and used this product with great success, nu-wo.com for spec sheets

I noticed that the posts are no longer visible on this forum but I can definitely vouch for the quality and ease of use.
Thanks
Hope this helps in the decision making
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Here are some pics of the Onyx Fireplace surround illuminated with the Nu World Light panels.

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Looks cool when done right
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Hey Everybody

Just want to say thanks to all the posters, I too have a great Backlit onyx project with lighting supplied by Nu World ( please see the photos)

We opted for the Nu World LED flex strip due to the fact that there was about a 5" cavity where we could run the strips behind the onyx, this worked out great and cost effective too!~

So again thanks for all the info

Thank you

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Hey Guys

Here is an image of my latest creation

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Hello all. New to the Forum. I want to introduce our company, Evo-Lite. We handle emerging lighting technologies with our current focus on LumiSheet, a flat, fully customizable in shape and size up to 59"x118" LED light source. I recommend cotacting me with any questions regarding this technology. We have been working with LumiSheet for over three years and are direct representative of the manufacturer and patent holder of this technology. I would like to make myself available to answer any questions regarsing the integration of LumiSheet in to backlit projects.

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David---Post a few pictures when you have enough posts---I like to know about any lighting tricks and products--Mike--

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