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Corian Celebrates Fifty Years With Three New Colors

Posted on 16 August 2017 by cradmin

White Onyx

White Onyx

Corian®, the solid and non-porous high-tech surface material from DuPont celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Corian, a synthetic and versatile material, has gained much recognition and acclaim internationally. Represented in both residential and commercial environments, Corian is utilized in kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, lighting, technology and healthcare.

To celebrate the occassion, Corian has introduced three new distinctive surfaces: Concrete, Onyx and Prima.

Concrete Corian has been made available in four colors: Carbon, Ash, Weathered and Neutral. Concrete was inspired by the modern, urban landscape. With its understated pattern of fine particles, Concrete aims to be both strong and noble in its appearance.

Onyx Corian has been made available in two colors: Gray and White. Onyx is inspired by the classic, semi-precious variety of ornamental stone. With its rich, veiny texture, Onyx has a certain visual modernity and fluid aspect.

Prima Corian has been made available in eight colors: Limestone, Dune, Smoke Drift, Cosmos, Evening, Cocoa, Nimbus and Windswept. Prima was created to celebrate ‘on-trend’ design. With hues inspired by nature, Prima embodies and captures a range of poetic moods.

You may also be interested in this article Caesarstone Expands Available Colors.

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Using Onyx for Countertops and Backsplashes

Posted on 15 August 2017 by cradmin

mystique-of-onyxConsumers and business owners looking for an elegant material for countertops, bar tops and tabletops often overlook the brilliance and magnificence of onyx. Recently, this material was featured by the Natural Stone Promotional Campaign in an article titled The Mystique of Onyx by Karin Kirk. Use Natural Stone, the name of the campaign, is led by a consortium of international stone associations, including MIA+BSI/The Natural Stone Institute, Centrorochas, and Febenat.

Onyx: The Translucent Stone

Fabricators who already carry onyx are often proud to show off the slabs and fragments they have on display when asked for it by name. It has a quality that lends it a fantastical appearance that most people mistake for manmade material. With its fluid waves of amber, white and ivory, it tends to viewed more as a gemstone than just simply a rock.

Even more, onyx is translucent and can be backlit with a number of specialty backlighting systems, which gives it a soft glow that is truly extraordinary. When used in this way, it is sure to take the center stage of any room in which it is installed. It has been said that there is no greater artist than Mother Nature, and the magical mystique of onyx summarizes this sentiment perfectly.

Other Names for Onyx

By and large, fabricators know onyx as a category of stone characterized by layers of translucent and light-colored minerals. Geologists, however, refer to it as banded calcite. A few other names you might run across include Mexican onyx, Egyptian alabaster and onyx marble.

The latter of these names derives from the fact that onyx and marble have the same mineral content. In fact, calcite is the primary mineral in several types of natural stone other than marble and onyx, such as limestone and travertine. Of course, a factor that runs through all of these stones is that they are relatively soft and require special attention to keep them looking their best.

How Onyx Is Formed

Many types of natural stone, including granite, marble and quartzite, were created by geological action deep in the earth’s crust, but onyx is formed on the surface from springwater and groundwater with high calcite content. As this water reaches the surface, the calcite crystalizes and more calcite crystalizes on top of that. Over long periods of time, variations in the mineral content and water flow create differently colored layers.

Most onyx is the color of honey because red iron oxide is commonly mixed into the pure white calcite. However, only minor changes in mineral content will create other colors layer upon layer. When onyx is mined, it is cut into slabs through the layers so that each slab represents thousands of years of calcite deposits.

How Onyx Is Used

Onyx is relatively soft compared to other natural stone, such as granite, and it can easily be scratched and etched, especially in areas of heavy use. For this reason, it is best to install onyx countertops in areas that will not be used for food preparation. It is very common for high-end restaurants and lounges to employ onyx bar tops, backsplashes and bathroom vanities. However, it can also be cut into accent tiles, or fabricated into sinks and even lighting fixtures.

Although onyx is not as versatile as granite and quartz, it does possess universal appeal, and very few people can stop looking at it with a mere glance.

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Backlit Tile Kit Offers Glass Tile, Translucent Surface Backlighting System

Posted on 28 March 2016 by cradmin

Backlit tile kitBacklit Tile Kit provides a patented removable system to backlight glass tile or translucent surfaces. The kits can be used with virtually any tile and are designed for easy installation. They include multi-color LED lights that can form up to 16 million colors, and can be controlled via Bluetooth technology from a smartphone or tablet. Kits come in multiple sizes to fit different tiles. Available heights include 3, 4, 5, 6 and 12 in. Lengths are 5-, 10- or 15-ft., and can be easily cut to fit any installation, according to the company.

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Adapted: An Insider’s Perspective on Backlighting Translucent Surfaces

Posted on 18 September 2014 by cradmin

backlit surface 1By Richard Ashoff

Editor’s Note: In this blog entry, Richard Ashoff, CEO of Tylerco, Inc. sheds some light on how his SLABlite product for backlighting translucent surfaces works.

With the growing interest in backlighting translucent materials, such as onyx, glass and certain types of quartz surfacing and solid surface, a lot of questions have been coming up. In an effort to help you understand the ins and outs of the process better, specifically as it relates to our SLABlite product, I have put together this blog post.

What are lumens and have you ever been concerned about them before? Lumens per sq. ft. would refer to lights that are used to illuminate commercial areas. There are requirements that lights have to meet for building codes. However, talking about lumens really just confuses the issue and really has nothing to do with backlighting surfaces.

There are many ways lighting translucent material can be achieved. You can use light bulbs, fluorescent lamps, LED strips or LED tape, and many companies have tried them all. However, more goes into lighting translucent surfaces than the actual lights. When backlighting surfaces, the first objective is to enhance the translucence of the material being illuminated. The SLABlite is designed to throw light 1 inch. We don’t care about the rest of the environment. That is why lumens are really beside the point.

Translucent material has to be backlit as if the sun were shining through it. There can be no hot spots or shadowing. The SLABlite’s foundation is based on a light guide. A light guide is the same technology that is used to light cellphones, computer monitors, TVs and signs. You would think that this would be easy enough to do. Unfortunately, you can’t just take the light guide technology and throw it under a slab and think it will work or last for any amount of time.

backlit surface 2An average LED bulb is stated to last 50,000 hours. That is the equivalent to 5 to 7 years of continuous burn. This would be acceptable if you could easily replace the bulb, but having to replace a bulb that is under an installed heavy slab is definitely NOT easy. So, we engineered the SLABlite for an increased lifespan – a minimum lifespan of 20 years. Because we are only trying to light 1 inch away from our light (the translucent slab material), we drive our LEDs at a lesser rate, which gives us a longer life. It also reduces the heat output from the LEDs. Heat is the enemy when dealing with LEDs.

What If?
Another issue is potential failure of an LED. The SLABlite’s LEDs are wired in parallel and in series on the same panel. If an LED were to fail, the whole panel will not fail, and the other LEDs will fill the gap. The SLABlite also has a surge protector on board. You never know when there might be a surge on the electrical line. We design protection and backup so you don’t have to get a jackhammer to remove the light.

Ease of use is also an important factor. SLABlite can be custom cut on the jobsite to fit any configuration. That means you never have to send out your template to have a pre-made configuration made for a particular application. The SLABlite is modular. You can build as big or as small as you want. When you have covered the area, you simply cut the panels to fit. You can drill holes for faucets and cut around sinks as easily as cutting plastic.

Additionally, the SLABlite is waterproof. It has been installed in pools, fountains, baths, boats and cement. Rather than using a potting method to seal the LEDs in a panel, SLABlite includes patented waterproofing that allows for heat contraction and expansion. SLABlite waterproofing avoids problems that occur from natural heat expansion and contraction, which can cause LEDs to separate from the panel and expose them to the elements.

SLABlites have been in the field for more than seven years, passing the 1 million hours of burn rate in 2010. We are proud to say that we have never lost a panel. Not one.

So, when you are looking for a product, make sure you are looking at a product that was made to do what it is being used for and not a product made for another type of lighting that has been adapted for your surfaces. You may think you have a less expensive product you can adapt, but an adapted product is usually a poor substitute that will cost you aggravation and a lot of money in the end. The one made for a specific use has taken into consideration things that could happen during its lifetime and has built-in solutions for potential problems that could arise. Sometimes “cheap” isn’t.

For further information on SLABlite and the lighting of translucent surfaces, visit the Tylerco, Inc. website or contact Richard Ashoff at (949) 723-2906.

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Countertop Backlighting Process

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Countertop Backlighting Process

Posted on 25 July 2014 by cradmin

This video, which was produced by Tylerco Inc. (makers of the SLABlite backlighting panel system), takes the form of a slideshow that depicts the process of backlighting a countertop on a yacht. The video starts out showing the bar with a subtop and then walks the viewer through each step in laying the 12- by 12- by 0.375-in. lighting panels and cutting them to shape on-site, including the small area around a sink edge. It then shows an onyx countertop, which has obviously been fabricated in a shop and brought to the location, put down over the lighting panels. It also gives a look at how the system is powered, before showing the completed top all lit up, adding a sophisticated ambience.

A great article on the subject of backlighting translucent materials recently appeared in ISFA’s Countertops & Architectural Surfaces magazine, and more information about the SLABlite backlighting system is available here.


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TylerCo Offers SLABlite Backlighting Panels

Posted on 16 April 2014 by cradmin

tylerco slablite LED backlighting panelstylerco slablite LED backlighting panels installTylerCo Inc. offers SLABlite, a system for backlighting translucent materials in countertops and other applications. Suitable for backlighting onyx, translucent quartz surfacing, translucent solid surface and other translucent materials, SLABlite produces even and consistent edge to edge lighting across the whole surface. Creative lighting effects can be achieved with SLABlite’s 12- by 12- by 3/8-in.-thick LED panels. They are waterproof, generate almost no heat, last 20 years and can be easily be cut to almost any shape to accommodate curved edges and fixtures, reports the company.

SLABlite is the only backlight that can be custom cut on site. An installer can cut and shape SLABlite to fit around the sink, overhangs and edges as well. There is no need for templates and trips back to the shop to cut and shape the lighting. The light panels run on a 12-volt system and requires only 2 watts of power per sq. ft.

SLABlite eliminates uneven lighting, dark spots and hot spots, and because the panels are waterproof, this makes the SLABlite suitable for fountains, pools, spas, etc. The SLABlite has a 20-year/200,000-hour lifespan, making them a solid choice for backlighting countertops.

TylerCo is proud to report that its SLABlite installations have surpassed a million hours of use without having a single failure.

For more information, visit www.tylercoinc.com/slablite.html.

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Backlit Onyx, Solid Surface Applications

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Backlit Onyx, Solid Surface Applications

Posted on 18 March 2014 by cradmin

This video, put out by Nu World Distribution, shows a variety of countertop and various other backlit applications using onyx and solid surface. The company that made the video offers custom LED light strips and panels, so it is a bit promotional. However, it pretty much focuses on showing all of the various examples of what can be done with lighting to make a kitchen, bath or other project really unique and stand out.

While not all of the applications are countertop-related, there are enough ideas here to interest anyone in the countertop business.

As always, if  you have videos of interest to the industry or know of any, please send us a link at [email protected]urce.com, and we will consider them for posting.


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Seieffe Introduces Translucent Okite Quartz Line

Posted on 11 March 2014 by cradmin

Seieffe Corporation introduced its new Pietre Preziose Collection of Okite quartz surfacing, inspired by the look of onyx. This new quartz surfacing has a translucency that allows light to move through the surface creating a dramatic look. It is suitable for such applications as countertops, wall cladding, partitions and other indoor applications. It is comes in 5/8-in. thickness in three standard colors: red, white and yellow (as show here). It is also available for large projects in custom colors. Slab are 120 by 55 in., and it is a LEED contributing product.

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Crystaline Stone: A Brilliant Development?

Posted on 03 October 2013 by CRadmin2

While natural stone is available in a range of patterns and colors, many of which are astonishing to those new in the field, some say it cannot match the colors found in precious gems or even the human imagination. Many attempts have been made to artificially color natural stone, but it is largely believed that these solutions have either employed temporary dyes or have compromised the quality and durability of the stone. Recently, a new process developed by Crystaline Stone seems to have solved the problem of adding more brilliant colors to natural stone, and it is becoming an increasingly popular topic among fabricators in North America.

Crystaline Stone, which is both the name of the product and the company, is marketed under the tagline “Nature Evolved,” and every test to date seems to indicate that this label is indeed appropriate. The exclusive technology not only imbues granite, marble and other natural stone with spectacular colors that are uncommon in surfacing material but according to the company also makes them more resistant to staining and easier to clean than standard stone. Just like its natural stone counterparts, Crystaline Stone is versatile and appropriate for use in a range of applications, including flooring, bathroom surfaces, wall covering and kitchen countertops.

The Intercrystaline Process

The development of Crystaline Stone began more than 10 years ago when the company, a division of Royal Group Brazil, realized that it was theoretically possible to permanently change the color and properties of rock crystals through a form of molecular fusion. After years of experimentation, a successful process, dubbed “Intercrystaline,” was invented that affected the space between the rock crystals and subsequently fused with the crystals embedded deep into the stone.

Intercrystaline uses a special formulation of vegetable and mineral pigments that preserve the characteristics of the stone and its crystals so that it can be processed and fabricated through conventional methods. By varying the pigments and how they are infused, a full range of exclusive colors can be produced that work with the natural veining and texture of the stone. The new colors and patterns are imbued into the stone at depths of 2 cm. to 3 cm. with only slight changes in its durability and hardness. Full test results from the Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia (INT) and the Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas (IPT) are available as a public reference.

Care and Maintenance of Crystaline Stone

The care and maintenance of Crystaline Stone is easier and faster than that of natural stone for the end consumer, reports the company. The technology of the process produces an exceptional seal that makes the surface resistant to liquids and staining. For daily cleaning, the same conventional products can be used for granite or marble, depending on which type of material is used as the base. In addition, the manufacturer states that the color produced through the Intercrystaline process will never fade because the pigments are irrevocably fused to the stone on a molecular level.

Although Crystaline Stone is easy to clean, it can still be scratched and etched. Thus, abrasive or corrosive cleaners, such as bleaches, detergents and scouring powder, are not recommended. Neutral, light-strength, soaps will preserve the material’s polish for the longest time. If in doubt, consumers are advised to follow the same care instructions that are used for the base stone.

Crystaline Stone Products and Patterns

Currently, six products are available in the Crystaline Stone line: Marble, Onyx, Gems, Arts, Planet and the White Collection.


Marble is manufactured in slabs, 24- by 24-in. tiles and 12- by 24-in. tiles. The colors for Crystaline Stone Marble fall into one of several categories, such as translucent soft, vivid, natural and artistic.


Crystaline Stone Onyx is notable for its increased translucency that pairs particularly well with backlighting to create sophisticated and elegant designs in any room. The most popular colors are blue, green, yellow, pink and black, all of which are available in either standard or soft tint.


Crystaline Stone Gems are manufactured under high pressure and temperature to give them the appearance of polished, cut gemstones. Popular choices include amethyst, emerald, aquamarine, ruby, sapphire and tourmaline.


The Crystaline Stone Arts products use either marble or onyx as a base for the infusion of exotic colors and patterns. Each slab is unique.


Crystaline Stone Planet products use a base of quartzite to create unique patterns that show movement reminiscent of planets viewed from space.

White Collection

The Crystaline Stone White Collection begins with a slab of white marble. The Intercrystaline process then makes the natural color and veining more compact and translucent.


For further information and to locate dealers in the U.S., visit the official website of Crystaline Stone: Nature Evolved.

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Outwater Offers Tri-Mod LED Backlighting Panels for Surfacing Applications

Posted on 07 June 2013 by cradmin

Tri-Mod with Onyx-3bwbSuited for use in tight applications with less than one inch of installation depth, Outwater’s [Outwater Plastics Industries, Inc. + Architectural Products by Outwater, LLC] 1/16-in.-thick Tri-Mod LED Backlighting Panels are made to uniformly backlight translucent surfaces, such as onyx or translucent solid surfaces. Comprising recently introduced 2nd generation LED lighting with incorporated “LED Diamond Light Technology,”  the backlighting panels generate low heat and no UV, yet produce the purest, brightest, white LED lighting available on the market with a Color Rendering Index of 80.

Offered in six different sizes, the low voltage, prewired backlighting panels are easy to install and interconnect to one another without soldering, and can be arranged in many diverse configurations to accommodate almost any type of application. Constructed of virtually shatterproof fiberglass, each panel uses energy efficient, dimmable SMD3528 LED Chips, and is manufactured with constant current technology, allowing for an approximate life expectancy of 50,000 hours with minimal to no light degradation. Moreover, each LED chip has a beam spread of 120 degrees and provides 720 Lumens or 5,500 LUX per sq. ft. at an installation depth of 1-1/2-in.

When utilized with materials such as Corian® Arctic Ice, the LED backlighting panels further enable countertops and backsplashes to light up in any shade of seven different colors with the ability to remain static on any color. They can also be programmed to morph colors at variable speeds as quickly as a strobe light or as slowly as a minute and a half per color. They come with a 3-year warranty.


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