Among the principal advantages of LED panel lights is their customization. Because of their thinness and – at least in the second type of panel described above – the way that the LEDs are embedded into the panel itself, they can be shaped into almost any form desired. These allow them to be used for applications where the use of traditional incandescent lighting would be difficult or impossible, such as back lighting for molded bar tops.
When compared to traditional lighting, acrylic light panels utilizing LEDs are much more durable. On average, incandescent lighting and even more modern compact fluorescent lights will last for only a fraction of the time that a panel can. Assuming usage of eight hours per day, an LED can be expected to last for around 17 years. This lengthy total life makes them very cost-effective over all but the shortest periods of time.