LED light panels

ramw5p

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I see some really coon new light designs using LED's...just $$$$. Anyone have luck using 1x4 led panels for pool light? Certain K rating [4k, 5k]. one 1x4 enough, using 2? Thinking of hanging my own and just seeing if someone has any experience. TIA
 

slach

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I used 3 2'x2' panels in a home made frame, can out real nice over a 9 footer.
 

garczar

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I see some really coon new light designs using LED's...just $$$$. Anyone have luck using 1x4 led panels for pool light? Certain K rating [4k, 5k]. one 1x4 enough, using 2? Thinking of hanging my own and just seeing if someone has any experience. TIA
This has been covered a bunch on here. Search led lights. Lots of info on this. https://forums.azbilliards.com/threadloom/search?keywords=LED+table+lights&tab=0 You can search by date or relevance. BTW, my home spot just up-graded to 5000k tubes from fluorescent and they are awesome.
 

muskyed

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I used 3-2x2 led panels also in a home made box frame, with a grid under the light. Fantastic light with no glare for about $225 cost.Turned out great. This was for an oversized 8' table, but would still be great for 9'. At the cost of this I would not go with a 1x4 panel, but keep in mind that I had a woodworking shop to make the frame, so was simple for me. If you do a search on this forum, there is quite a few home built light boxes out there, and also some nice pre-made options that members have. I know my pictures are on here from about a year and a half back.
 

ramw5p

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I used 3-2x2 led panels also in a home made box frame, with a grid under the light. Fantastic light with no glare for about $225 cost.Turned out great. This was for an oversized 8' table, but would still be great for 9'. At the cost of this I would not go with a 1x4 panel, but keep in mind that I had a woodworking shop to make the frame, so was simple for me. If you do a search on this forum, there is quite a few home built light boxes out there, and also some nice pre-made options that members have. I know my pictures are on here from about a year and a half back.
other then asthetics...is there a reason to build a box and not just hand the light panel
 

RunEmOut08

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I have two 4x2 panels over my 9 foot table and it’s the best lighting I can play under.
 

ramw5p

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what are you using for diffuser? I see options, just curious what people find is working. I am thinking abut 2 [1x4] options. 9ft table
 

Fatboy

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The “K” rating is the temperature of the light. The higher the number the “whiter” the light.

So for pool I like 5k or 5000.

2500 is amber as a reference.

Fatboy
 

muskyed

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The box makes adding a diffuser really easy and professional looking. It's not that difficult to make a simple box, even if you don't have a shop. You could use simple butt construction, or go buy a krieg jig to join the pieces. If you buy wood at home depot I think they will cut it for you. Then just put simple strip around the inside lower edge to hold the diffuser and light panels above that. Then spray it with a flat black chalk paint or color of choosing. A light is such a important and necessary accessory to a pool table that you really should put some time, or money or both into it to have a quality pool shooting experience. Good light can be reasonable in cost, or expensive, but at under $250 for a quality awesome light, there is no excuse for less.
 

slach

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Like I'd mentioned earlier, I used 3 2'x2' LED panels over a 9 foot table in a homemade wood frame (because it looked way nicer to me and it was a simple way to evenly line up 3 panes without welding them together). Result - Excellent, attractive, even, bright lighting. The LED panels (Home Depot, about $29/each a few years ago, probably cheaper now) came with a flat, white diffused 'glass' cover, another diffuser wasn't needed. Very even lighting and without any 'stripling' (whatever that is). Good luck with your project!
 

iusedtoberich

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I used qty 2 2x4 led from eBay over my GC 9’. The lights were dirt cheap, I think maybe $140 shipped for both (I bought them 5 years ago). I used a surface mount kit from Amazon tgat was $30 and made of extruded aluminum painted white. The lights are flat mounted to my ceiling. I can’t imagine a blind player requesting a brighter set up than I have now.
 

MrKnives

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Im houston you can get the same 5000k led panels for 60$.! I stumbled onto them and was surprised form what all I’ve seen online. The name of the place was Advanced LED lights
 

maha

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one, two tube 4 foot daylight 5000k led, in a fixture from home depot. lights my 9 footer fine. but i have all white paint in my room above the wainscoat.
 

iusedtoberich

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If you buy the 2x2 or 2x4 panels for drop ceilings (which are the most common light available), you don't need a diffuser. Its build into the panel. Here are the flush mount kits if you want to go that route. Or, simply hang with a thin wire-rope.

It shows out of stock. But I'm sure you can find them somewhere. I bought this in 2019 it was $30. I wanted my light flush to the ceiling for aesthetics.

I also bought this light: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HJ56DB9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1. I used it for a shop space. I think it would work for a pool table. Slightly smaller than a 2x4, but it has wireless remote control for color temperature and brightness. Sometimes I think my 2x4 lights over the pool table are too bright.

They now also sell the 2x4 drop ceiling lights with a wireless dimmer and color temperature adjustment, for only a 20% or 30% premium price over the standard 2x4 panels. Just a few years ago, you had to have a 0-10v signal cable from the switch to the light to adjust the brightness. All the commercial buildings are wired this way. But now they have a wireless option. So you just wire the light to 110v, and control the brightness and color temp from the remote control. If I was to do my lights again, I'd go this option. I might even swap out my panels now for this option and take my old panels to goodwill, as it really is too bright at night if I want the lights on but not to play pool (shared space).
 

muskyed

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Sorry but after reading everyone's comments, I need to correct what I wrote as it totally misrepresents what I ment. When I said diffuser, what I actually ment was a grid panel to cut down on any possible glare in your eyes. The 2x2 led panels do not need an additional diffuser as they are a total even light across them unlike tubes. Guess I really need to reread what I wrote before I post it.
 
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