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Perforated Sheet: Lighting Solutions

Diffusion of light is one of the many applications for perforated sheet.

Whether the light source is artificial or natural, the use of perforated metal can create spontaneous and effective displays of soft and harmonious lighting effects.

Perforated sheet permits the designer to control and direct light so that it converts the environment into a new and unique experience.

The diffusion process is facilitated by filtering concentrated areas of light through different sized holes thereby producing areas of less concentrated light. The metal’s perforations also significantly reduce shadows that are cast by conflicting light sources. Happily the diffusion process is a purely automatic one, requiring no energy!

To clearly illustrate the exciting possibilities for using perforated sheet, as a diffusion material, we commissioned some experimental photography.

You can see from the image below how the diffused light, passing through the aluminium perforations, enhances the attractiveness of the subject.  These visual effects can be equated with simulating softened daylight as it passes through the earth’s atmosphere.

Perforated aluminium, when compared to other metals, is a particularly suitable and versatile material for all kinds of lighting schemes. Aluminium’s inherent qualities include its lightness, corrosion resistance and attractive silvery appearance. Perforated aluminium is also one of the most economical and effective elements for manipulating light.

Within buildings the medium of perforated sheet offers many light diffusing possibilities. Perforated sheets are often used to help create light and airy spaces. Typical applications include ceiling panels, column casings, room division and screening units, as well as a vast range of mass produced and bespoke luminaires.

Perforated sheets are available punched in many configurations, including round, square, or hexagonal holes, slots, or special ornamental shapes. To increase design possibilities many of these patterns are available with different percentage open areas ranging from 6 to 55%.

Our bespoke fabrication service produces specially sized perforated panels with un-punched areas and plain margins.  Panels can also be rolled to form single or double curves.

Perforated aluminium sheets can be surface finished to meet your design requirements. Available finishes include anodising, powder coating and satin brushing. Alternatively the aluminium material can be left in its natural mill condition.

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Perforated Sheet – Aluminium Balustrade Panels

Answering the needs of today’s fast moving contracts environment GAs modern 5 Star Processing Service accurately and rapidly manufactures custom made aluminium balustrade panels to realise design intentions.

aluminium balustrade panels

The full range of GAs perforated sheet are available for incorporation into specially detailed and sized panels.

Gooding Aluminium:

  • Manufacture aluminium perforated sheets
  • Specialise in made to measure components
  • Produce panels for balustrade infils
  • Surface finish in satin brush or powder coat
  • Incorporate fixing holes

Made to Measure Panels: It’s so easy, you only need to provide the email checklist information for Aluminium Balustrade Panels and we’ll do the rest!


‘Thanks for your help at all stages and look forward to working with you again’

Davie Ross, A J Engineering & Construction Services Ltd

aluminium balustrade

Here are some of the special qualities of our top quality perforated sheet;

Cleanliness: We only use naturally evaporating lubricants to assist with the perforating process.
Edge detail: Standard stock size panels are always supplied with an unpunched ‘safe edge’ border.
Flatness: Our technologically advanced production methods minimise surface curl in perforated sheets and help to produce commercially and visually acceptable degrees of flatness.
Missing or imperfect hole shapes: Although not standard industry practice we only supply perforated aluminium sheets with 100% hole pattern conformity.
Surface protection: Protective polythene film on the top face side is applied to help protect from the rigours of the perforating process.

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Aluminium Products – Perforated, Pressed and Plain Sheet

Gooding Aluminium offer an extensive range of Perforated sheet; Pressed sheet; Plain aluminium sheet (including anodised, mill and satin brushed); Textured / Lozenge aluminium Sheet; Wavy (Anolight) aluminium sheet; and ‘Other’ aluminium sheet (archival patterns).

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‘Excellent aluminium products, have been specifying over the last three companies I’ve worked for’

Andy Gray, Cod Steaks Ltd

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Aluminium Sheet used for Stage and Set Design

Gooding Aluminium offer an extensive range of aluminium sheet which can be used for a variety of applications such as exhibition stands, stage and set design.

Aluminium is extremely versatile and can be sculpted to take on an entirely different appearance and to create real impact. Our aluminium sheet has beeen used in a variety of exhibitions and stage designs including the Simply Red music concert.

Products used in this project

Hole dia. 9.5 Open Area 35%
Product code: GA P1625
Panel Size: 2500 x 1250 Thickness: 1.2mm
Finish: Mill
Hole Diameter: 9.5 mm
Open Area: 35 %

To take a look at our project gallery to find out other examples of Gooding Aluminium perforated sheet used in exhibition or stage sets, visit our project gallery here.

Gooding Aluminium are a national and international supplier of a wide range of high quality aluminium products including aluminium angle, aluminium channels and aluminium stair nosings.

Gooding Aluminium’s products are available in a variety of finishes.

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Aluminium Products for Bars and Nightclubs

Gooding Aluminium products can be found within a number of bars and nightclubs across the UK. Aluminium is a unique metal with a positive image that naturally appeals to the professional specifier and installer.

This incredibly versatile material, when combined with its alloys, can be folded, formed, machined or worked using a wide range of processes. Thanks to these excellent material properties, aluminium has become widely used within an extensive variety of architectural and related applications.

The many desirable design properties of aluminium alloy, including its lightweight to strength ratio, makes the material suitable for a varied selection of interior and external applications. To fully assist in the decision making processes it is clearly essential that valuable insight is gained into aluminium’s’ functionality and other performance criteria. Significant advances have also been made in recent years with processing technologies, thereby increasing expectations of improved products and surface finishes at lower cost.

Some of the Gooding Aluminium product range that have been used within Bars and Nightclubs include:

Aluminium Panels

Stair Nosings

Perforated Aluminium Sheet

Pressed Aluminium Sheet

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If you are interested in specifying products from the Gooding Aluminium range, you may be interested to know that you can order free samples from the website.

If you have previously used Gooding Aluminium products and would like to feature as our next Case Study, contact us today to discuss the project in further detail.

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