Stone Translucency and Backlighting


May 5, 2021
Cristallo Iceberg Quartzite Bar

Light plays an important role in creating the perfect space. The use of light has the power to transform a design and set the ambience. More than ever before, designers and architects are playing with the use of light on stone. This is happening due to an increase in new natural stone products becoming available in the market and LED technology. For our enjoyment, these changes created new possibilities, and the way we can light up a stone now goes beyond simply adding a spotlight to emphasize its beauty. Backlighting a stone is a strong tendency, and we are excited to share a little more about this topic.

First, it is important to understand that not all natural stones can be backlit, only the ones considered translucent. Even though onyx is the most know translucent stone, others such as marble, quartzite and granite also have this quality. The translucence can happen in the totality of the surface or only on parts of it.

Moreover, installing a backlight panel will illuminate through the stones translucent areas and create a bright and dramatic effect. Incorporating a backlight into your stone is generally an easy process. However, to ensure that it is done correctly, which means that the surface lit up looks uniform and elegant, it is important to hire a professional that has experience and uses the proper panels.

The backlit stones can be used in a variety of ways in a project. Designers may use a backlit countertop to bring life to a bar, a wall application, or even around a column to hide it and transform it into a unique light fixture.

It is certainly a plus if you can see the stone you are using in your project lit up prior to installation. Each stone is unique and the way it will show its translucence is also unique. That is why when you come to one of our showrooms we have an LED panel on-site to show you exactly how your selected, marble, quartzite, granite or onyx, will look after it is backlit.

When it comes to interior design and making the most out of your space, lighting is a strong key factor. The arrangement of lights can significantly impact your spaces overall look. Once the right translucent stone is chosen and installed correctly with appropriate LED panels, your light application will certainly create the perfect wow-factor for your project.

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