Frequently Asked Questions About Backlighting Stone

Not only does light brighten up a room, but it can also affect the entire feel of an area. Nowadays, more designers and architects are getting creative with incorporating light into stone features to produce one-of-a-kind aesthetics. Here’s are some common questions when it comes to backlighting.

What is Onyx? 

Onyx is a form of quartz that has been used for centuries in jewelry, carvings, and lighting. It comes in many colors and varieties and was used by the Minoans, ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.

What is the correct height for an illuminated onyx or alabaster stone bar top? 

Most bar tops measure 42″ to 45″, depending on the type of establishment and clientele. A backlit bar top or more conventional style both work well at the standard 42″ height, which is also comfortable for bartenders.

How much light is needed to under light a bar top? 

Your desired look will ultimately dictate how much light is needed to backlight a bar top. There are various lighting options for bars, including LED, florescent, and compact florescent lights. These LEDs fit into a relatively thin area and last for years while using very little electricity.

Can I install a back lit onyx or alabaster top over an existing bar? 

Yes, because of its light weight and ease of fabrication, an existing bar can be transformed into an illuminated stone bar.

What is the standard depth of an illuminated bar top? 

You can customize the width of your  backlit bar top to be any size. The average depth for a bar top (from front to back) is usually 18-24 inches, whereas the lower back bar where bartenders typically work is 22-26 inches deep.

We’ve worked on a wide range of projects and know what materials work well and which ones are more difficult. Contact us today and we’ll answer any questions you have to get you started on your next backlight project.