Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 48
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by David Fantastic Light
I bought this light to replace a 25 year old 4 tube fluorescent over the island in my kitchen. It needed to be surface mounted and I did NOT want to buy Pixi's available bracket. I wanted this thing sitting flat on my kitchen ceiling sheetrock. Job done. The Pixi light has 4 tabs stamped into the backside corners of the frame. These are stamped out but left flush with the frame....and painted over. Unfolding them does require a bit of work, but it is doable. I unfolded them and folded them out so they stuck out proud of the sides of the light. I made a template of the light and tabs from the cardboard shipping box and located the template on the ceiling where I wanted the light mounted. I then marked the holes for the tabs and made a couple of small marks on the ceiling where the light would end up. I then punched out the sheetrock where I had marked the tab holes. I installed 4 toggles (get long bolts) in the tab holes and pushed the toggles into the holes in the sheetrock. At that point I wired the light into the existing box in the ceiling. Then I tightened the toggles. At this point the light was mounted but the toggles and tabs showed and were somewhat ugly. I bought a stick of white pcv molding that was 1.5" wide, approx .5" thick and 12' long and trimmed the sides of the light effectively covering up the toggles and tabs. I did have to mark and recess the back sides of the molding to allow the molding to sit flat on the sheetrock where the toggles and tabs are but that was done easily with a razor knife. I used silicone adhesive to hold the molding up and put a few small trim nails in it to hold it up until the silicone set, filling the nail heads with white tub and tile caulk.
November 24, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Makoto Super bright, great light output, but be careful of mounting options.
Replacing an old florescent light fixture of similar size in my kitchen. I was worried it wouldn't be as bright as the lumen output was slightly less than the lumen output of the current fixture; but WOW is this thing bright. Quite unexpected. The only complaint is that unless you are going to use the hanging installation method you will need the installation bracket which does NOT come with the unit. It is available for a very reasonable $25 from the manufacturer; but it did delay our installation by a few days while it shipped.
In hindsight, for a flush ceiling installation where you have access to the installation spot from the attic side, a "hanging" installation where wires are pulled through the ceiling drywall and the light is pulled flush would probably work just fine. If you're crafty enough to do this then save yourself the money and do it that way; otherwise the separate mounting bracket is a must-purchase. Home Depot really should consider carrying this as well.
August 19, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DeviousSandwich Great light. Limited mounting options.
The light itself is quite excellent. It produces a nice and bright white color that works quite well in my garage. At the manufacturer rated 4550 lumens, it is equivalent to about six 60w incandescent bulbs. It does not exhibit any buzzing or noise that another reviewer mentioned. Standing directly under it, I could not detect any kind of sound coming from it.
However, mounting the light did not go as smoothly as I expected. The fact that this light comes with a 110-300 volt driver means it's designed for both residential and commercial use. However, it is designated by PIXI as a commercial product. This means it does not come with any mounting hardware. All you get in the box is the light itself, a thin instruction booklet that only covers T grid mounting, and 3 wire nuts. Compare with their residential lights, which include a more detailed installation guide, a installation bracket, wire connector, ground wire, 3 wire nuts, 4 junction box screws, 4 toggle bolts, and 4 drywall screws. Their rationale is that commercial contractors will procure their own mounting hardware. Even though I had known that their commercial products do not come with mounting hardware, I figured since this is also designed for residential use (PIXI's 1st dual-use product), they would include the mounting hardware. So imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found no mounting hardware inside.
At first glance, there isn't a way to flush mount this light to the ceiling of my garage. There are mounting slots on the back of the light for the bracket, so I thought I would call the manufacturer and request a mounting bracket, thinking perhaps I can buy one for some small cost, or perhaps even get a free one. That turned out to not be the case. The bracket costs significantly more than I expected (homedepot.com does not allow prices in reviews, so call PIXI's tech support for pricing). I complained to the tech support rep that their residential products all come with mounting hardware, and this is clearly designated for residential use as well as commercial. He told me that since this product is so new, they are still tweaking the manufacturing process, so it will probably be another 6 month before mounting hardware will be included in this kit. He offered another option, which is to bend the four tabs at each corner all the way out. Normally you can bend them up at 90 degrees for pendant/hanging mount. Here you would bend them 180 degrees so they stick out about 1/2 inch from the edge of the light. This takes away some of the sleekness factor, as the tabs are visible on the outside, but I did not want to spend significantly more than what I already paid for the light. I also had my heart set on this light. There are other less expensive edge-lit LED luminaires, but none are as sleek as the PIXI. So I ended up mounting it using the tabs (see my pictures). Additional hardware that I had to procure myself:
- 4 toggle bolts for ceiling dry wall. I used 3/16" toggler anchors. They are each rated for 238lbs in 1/2" drywall, and the light is only 12.5 lbs, so it's more than enough. Note that the holes on the tabs are 3/16", so anything bigger will not fit.
- A piece of 16 gauge wire to used as the ground wire. Connect this to the green screw on the light.
Next I made a cardboard template of the light using the box it came in, marking where each mounting hole should be. I used a laser distance measurement device to make sure that the light would not be crooked in reference to the wall. I then used the template to mark hole locations on the ceiling and installed the toggler anchors at those locations. The actual mounting follows next and is a two person job. I had a friend hold the light up while I connected the 3 wires using supplied wire nuts. I then installed the 4 screws into the 4 anchors. Lastly, I painted the tabs the same color as the ceiling to help it blend in.
I'll be honest, I'm a perfectionist and I thought the tabs sticking out would really bother me. But so far it hasn't bothered me as much as I thought it would. Most of the time I'm not staring up at the light. When the light is lit, it's too bright to notice the small details like the tabs anyway. And when the light is off, the garage is usually too dark to notice the tabs. Enterprising DIYers can probably make some kind of thin trim to go around the light to hide the tabs. But I think I'm just going to leave it as it is. On the plus side, I avoided the frustration of aligning the mounting slots with the bracket that has been the complaint of many PIXI light reviewers.
I would definitely recommend this light if you want an energy efficient, bright, long lasting, and sleek looking light for your space. Just be aware of the mounting issues.
January 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sacornel Great Replacement for Florescent Lighting
I've used different sizes of Pixi lights throughout my house. I found them easy to install with the help of a buddy. Getting the light to slide into place can be a challenge, so I recommend having someone there to help you. All the Pixi lights provide plenty of light. I put 2 1by2's in my kitchen after getting tired of looking at florescent lights for the past 20 years. Recessed lights weren't an option due to limited space in the attic. I have 1by4's in my garage and again they provide lots of light at a minimal cost on your electric bill. I highly recommend this product no matter what size you buy.
December 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ZenMike Great product.
Great light, just needs to be dimmable to perfect! Used this with a refinished antique prism skylight panel to make a dinning room fixture. Added LED light bars to top for some up lighting.
March 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Edward Fantastic light!
I bought this light for my garage and I absolutely love it. It's super bright and the color temperature is just right. The light does NOT hum when turned on.
The installation was straight forward. My garage is not dry-walled so I affixed the light directly to the rafters (see the picture attached). The only difficulty is that the mounting tabs where painted over so it took a bit of effort to scrape that off before I could bend the tabs out for mounting.
February 16, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ELMjr This is the future of lighting!
After a few months of enjoying 2 of these awesome lights in my kitchen ceiling, I purchased this one and installed it in place of a halogen light strip over my gunsmithing bench.
This flat panel led provides plenty of light for these old eyes. It simulates daylight with less shadows. No glare, no buzzing and no heat.
I will never have to change another expensive halogen bulb again.
Life expectancy of this flat panel LED fixture is approx. 22 years, so I feel it is well worth the money. Already noticed a difference on electric bill. So I expect it will completely pay for itself in a couple years.
June 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dino Execellent light
This is an amazing light. It's very easy on the eyes. To me, the light feels a bit like a skylight. Because it's edge lit you can look directly at the light without glare. The area of illumination is just awesome.
At my local store it is only available in 200+ voltage. I had to purchase the 110+v light online. I read a review in which a guy complained of buzzing. I think he hooked up the wrong voltage because my light is completely silent. I like these flat lights so much, I've since purchased a bunch of 8x8's and 12x12's. I think they are the best lights on the market as they draw minimal power, produce no heat, give awesome light and cause zero eye strain.
December 27, 2013