Decorative fluorescent light covers can add some interest to your ceiling. LED diffusers can similarly catch the eye, while having a soothing effect and creating a more stress-free environment.
First, however, let’s examine the use of fluorescent and LED lighting in establishments such as schools, hospitals and offices. This might provide an insight into the benefits that decorative fluorescent and LED diffusers can offer.
Benefits of Fluorescent Lighting
Fluorescent lighting offers a number of benefits, such as economy, low energy usage and long life. Their benefits to schools, offices and hospitals lie in more than just their economy, but also in the fact that fluorescent tubes are not as harsh to the eyes as individual tungsten filament light bulbs. They are therefore more soothing and less stressful. This is exactly what is needed in a classroom, hospital ward or even a busy office.
One of the problems of fluorescent lighting is that individual tubes still provide lighting from discrete areas, and are therefore still far divorced from natural lighting. Perhaps not the bright ball of light that the now largely defunct tungsten filament lamp of Thomas Edison provided, but still a strip of light rather than a diffuse glow. This is despite the fact that some tubes profess to reproduce the wavelengths of natural sunlight.
The answer lay in panels of frosted glass known as light diffusers. These provided a more diffuse form of light more akin to the natural of natural light. This was found to reduce stress in hospitals and busy offices, and was more calming in classrooms. However, it was not until decorative fluorescent light covers came on the scene that this form of lighting realized its full potential.
LED Diffusers and Decorative Light Covers
LED lighting has been used in miniature form for many years in computers and on car dashes. Now they have been developed to a level where they are used in car headlamps and general space lighting. Such lights are very directed, and it is LED diffusers that enable them to be used a ceiling lights in hospitals and schools.
LED lamps are more economical than fluorescent lighting; they can last 11 years in continuous operation and provide an energy efficiency of up to 90%. Unlike fluorescent light, they contain no toxic materials such as mercury, and can be safely disposed of by normal methods. You can put them in your trash can when you are finished with them (in around 20 years time!). However, without LED diffusers they would be very invasive.
Decorative Fluorescent Light Covers
Normal diffusers are fashioned using plain white or frosted glass. Decorative fluorescent light diffusers are flexible sheets that can be stuck to normal diffusers to provide patterns or even photographs. A popular design is a representation of clouds. These are soothing and help relieve stress.
However, there have been many new developments taking place with regard to fluorescent decorative covers and LED diffusers. These originally developed from the plain frosted glass panels to covers that provide a number of different lighting effects and images. Many of these effects are obtainable by sticking strong fire-retardant flexible covers to the diffuser panels.
Decorative fluorescent light diffusers are available in a large number of designs. However, the best are photographic images that can be used in hospitals and schools to reduce stress and improve mood and emotion. Among these images are:
Beaches and Sunsets
Few sights are more soothing than a quite beach and a beautiful golden sunset. With golds, oranges, reds and even hints of green reflecting in the water, such images would soothe anyone in distress. What better sight to find yourself looking up at when you open your eyes after a serious operation – any operation in fact!
The same is true in schools: Not only can fluorescent or LED lighting be improved in classrooms, but the nature and color of these images will improve mood and concentration. Pupils will be less likely to become restive with such soothing images above them to quieten the emotions.
Astronomy Light Covers
Astronomy fluorescent light covers and LED diffusers offer views of stars, galaxies and nebulae. What is more natural than to gaze up at a beautiful starry sky! Not just an artist’s representation but genuine photographs. Some of our amazing images have come from the Hubble Telescope thanks to NASA.
These not only have a calming influence on mood in schools, but are also educational. They represent real galaxies billions of light years away, and white dwarf stars that exploded eons before mankind was born. What better subject for a school ceiling than these!
We also offer waterfalls, trees, flowers and representations of nature that can both calm and generate interest. Whether in schools, hospitals or even in the offices of local businesses or multinational corporations, such decorative fluorescent light covers offer an exciting but also soothing option to plain frosted glass.