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Aristocrat Ceiling Tile - Translucent (2x4)

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Price:$11.99($1.50 / sq. ft.)
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  • TypeDrop In

  • Dimensions2' x 4'

  • ColorTranslucent

  • MaterialVinyl

  • Thickness.013" - Cuts easily with scissors

  • Weight13 oz

  • Projection.50" from tile face

  • BrandProLite

  • Usage49.91% reflectance, 31.62% transmittance

  • Special InstructionsNot recommended for installations
    where ceiling temperatures exceed 120F

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Recommended Border Tile

Stratford Vinyl Ceiling Tile - Translucent (2x4)

We recommend using Stratford Vinyl Ceiling Tile - Translucent (2x4) as a border tile for Aristocrat Ceiling Tile - Translucent (2x4).

For tiles that either project down into the room or are coffered (recess up into the ceiling), the finished look is often better when using a border tile for partial tiles on the room's perimeter.

Watch our video on Border Tiles

Product Description

Quick Facts

  • Made from durable PVC
  • Lasts a lifetime
  • Waterproof
  • Clean with soap and water
  • Mold and mildew resistant.
  • Stain resistant
  • Flexible yet strong
  • Lightweight and easy to install
  • Low coffer can be used with a surface-mount grid system or limited head-space ceiling grid.
  • 2x2 Actual Size - 23-7/8" x 23-7/8"
  • 2x4 Actual Size - 23-7/8" x 47-7/8"

These thermoform tiles are made from UV Stabilized .013" thick vinyl plastic. They are designed to provide all the functionality of conventional drop ceiling tiles at a fraction of the weight. The feather-light construction makes them a breeze to install, easy to clean, stain resistant, water resistant, dust free, and eco friendly! Installation is fast and couldn't be any easier.

Designed to fit all standard 15/16" - 1" T-Bar Ceiling Systems. Most of the thermoform ceiling tiles come in two sizes, 2'x2' and 2'x4'.

Not recommended for direct mount installation

FYI - If you have a 2x4 grid ceiling, but would prefer the look of the 2x2 ceiling tiles, simply insert a 2' center T bar available online or at most local hardware's easy!

5 Year ProShield Warranty
The ceiling tile manufacturer guarantees that your ceiling tiles will be free from manufacturing defects for a period of five years from the date of purchase. Limitations apply. See full warranty information below.

UL Listing/Certification
ProLite ceiling tiles bearing this mark are UL tested and approved drop-out ceiling panels that can be installed beneath fire sprinklers. When exposed to heat from a developing fire, drop-out ceiling panels soften, distort, and fall from the ceiling grid. Heat from the growing fire activates the sprinkler which, unimpeded by the panels, controls or extinguishes the fire.

The Aristocrat 2x4 Grid Tile is an intriguing design that will become a hypnotizing focal point in your space. You will find that it is a great time saver since it will help you cover twice the space in half the time. Being that it is Class A Fire rated, it is an excellent choice for most businesses and homes. We are also proud to say that it is made in the USA.

Things to Consider:
The Aristocrat tile is not suitable for use as a direct mount tile, since it is not flat on the back.

While it is only .013"; thick, the embossed design gives it the rigidity and structure needed to support itself in the grid with no sagging. To avoid the risk of sagging, you will want to avoid putting any weight on top of it. If you would like to keep your existing acoustical tile in the grid for insulation or sound barrier purposes, we recommend that you place it above the frame work so that it is not in direct contact with the tile.

Since your ceiling will more than likely have partial tiles at the perimeter, you will have to cut the tiles to size for those areas. Since the Aristocrat tile projects .50" below the grid, you might encounter a gap running into the wall when it is cut. Not to worry, since we have many great border tile options. You will notice that we have them conveniently linked for your selection on the product details page.

If your grid is already white and in good condition, it should match the white Aristocrat tile very well. If you are going with a colored option, we highly recommend that you consider the Grid Tape or Grid Strips since they are color coordinated with the ProLite collection. If you would prefer to avoid the extra expense, you can of course paint your grid as well.

Greenguard Gold Certification offers strict certification criteria that considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System. Click here for more information.

UL Listing/Certification
Certain ProLite ceiling tiles are approved drop-out ceiling panels that can be installed beneath fire sprinklers. When exposed to heat from a developing fire, drop-out ceiling panels soften, distort, and fall from the ceiling grid. Heat from the growing fire activates the sprinkler which, unimpeded by the panels, controls or extinguishes the fire. Click here for more information.

Materials used in the construction of the tile(s) are 100% waterproof.

Class A Fire Rated
Tiles have been tested in accordance with ASTM 84e and scored a Class A rating for flame spread and smoke generation.

Warranty iconCEILING TILE

5 Year Limited Warranty
You're making a beautiful upgrade to your ceiling and we're here to help protect that investment. We guarantee that your ceiling tiles will be free from manufacturing defects for a period of five years from the original date of purchase.

Warranty Conditions
This warranty covers material defects in the ceiling tile when used in a standard ceiling application where temperatures do not exceed 120F. It does not cover labor, consequential or incidental damages. This warranty is not transferable and applies to the original purchaser only. Please note that painting the ceiling tile will void the warranty and may change some of its properties like its fire rating.

We're Ready to Help
Unlike a car, there is very little that can go wrong with these ceiling tiles. However, in the rare event that you do encounter a defect with your tiles, we're here and ready to help. Just give us a call and we'll work with you to identify the problem and, in case of defect, supply you with replacement tiles.


We know that projects take a while, and sometimes plans change. That's why, we offer a great return policy on all non-custom products:

  • 90 day return window with no restocking fees
  • Products must be unused/new and in their original boxes
  • Customer is responsible for return shipping cost (we are happy to help arrange shipping)
  • Partial returns where the quantity discount tier would change are refunded the difference between the original total and the total based on the kept quantity (see example)

How To Install Drop In Ceiling Tiles

Tools Needed for Installation

  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge (optional)
  • Scissors or Aviation (Tin) Snips
  • Gloves
  • Eye Protection

Your Old Tiles
Have old tiles still in good condition? Reuse them to add heat and sound insulation as well as support regular insulation above your tiles!

  • If your new tile design is flat on the back, slide it into place below your existing tile, leaving the existing tile in place.
  • Or push your existing tiles up out of place and turn them slightly to rest on top of the grid system. NOTE: this is likely not compliant with commercial building codes, so verify if this is an option.

Insulation Above ProLite Series Tiles
Due to the tiles' thin construction, regular fiberglass insulation is too heavy to lay on top of our ProLite Series tiles. If your space requires insulation above the tiles you have a few options:

  • Use SoniGuard insulation: the only insulation that can safely sit directly on top of our ProLite Series tiles.
  • Support on your old tiles (see above).
  • Place 1x1 or 1x2 wood furring strips across the top of the grid to use as support for insulation.
  • Secure the insulation to the "real ceiling" of your space, leaving the tops of the tiles clear of any need to support weight.

Installing - Start with Full Tiles
Place all of the full sized tiles first so you can:

  • Verify that your grid is properly aligned/spaced prior to cutting partial tiles.
  • Set aside any tiles with damaged corners to use for border/partial tiles. We ALWAYS gladly replace any tiles damaged in shipping, but if you need to cut tiles for border tiles, you'll end up cutting off 2 corners anyways. This can save you time, save the environment, and help you complete your project perfectly without waiting for replacements.

Cutting Border / Partial Tiles
Our ProLite Series is very easy to cut with regular household scissors. Use a tape measure or straightedge to measure the size your tiles need to be. Transfer those measurements to the back side of the tile with a pencil or grease pencil, mark a straight line, and cut!

Recessed / Can Lights (optional)
Choose a tile design that has a large enough flat area for the light bezel to lay flush once installed. As with standard mineral fiber tiles, you must choose lights that have grid mounting brackets so that the weight of the light is supported by the grid system and not the tile.

Place your light fixture and tile in the grid system. Adjust the light to its final position and mark this on the backside of your tile. Use the template to mark the hole in the tile (usually the light bezel itself will be close if no template is available). Cut the opening with scissors or a razor blade.

Unshielded fixtures, especially those using halogen lighting, present a risk of fire or melting the tiles.

High Temperature Areas
Our ProLite Series tiles are designed to operate in temperatures up to 120F. Higher temperatures can happen around heat registers, above stoves and ovens, around high temperature lighting, and in environments that intentionally have higher temperatures, like heat spas and Hot Yoga/Bikram studios. Contact us if your space may be subjected to any of these conditions.

Decorative Grid Strips / Grid Tape (optional)
Make sure your grid system is clean, using rubbing alcohol or 409 to remove dirt and oils.

For best results, make sure the temperature in the room is 60-80F and low humidity.

Apply small dabs of direct mount adhesive (a.k.a. glue) along the back of the strips or tape every 6 inches or so. For grid tape, drag the dab along the length to spread it out somewhat. The self-adhesive backing on the strips/tape IS NOT a permanent adhesive, it is meant to hold long enough for the glue to cure. Failure to use glue may result in the failure of the strips or tape to adhere to the ceiling.

Approximately 1 tube of adhesive is needed per 5 packs of strips or 5 rolls of tape. We provide Red Devil General Purpose Construction Adhesive free with purchase or you can use Loctite Power Grab All Purpose Adhesive (available locally in most big box stores).

Grid Strips
Should be butted up to one another. Do not overlap! Always start at the same end with each consecutive strip. Always dry-fit first, before peeling off the backing, to see if any trimming is needed.

Take your first strip. The dot at the end should be directly over the intersection of 4 tiles. Once you have the strip lined up, peel the backing from the self adhesive and apply small dabs of adhesive to the back of the strip (see above). Run all the strips one direction first.

Finish by installing the strips that run perpendicular to the tiles. Each strip will need to be trimmed, so keep a pair of scissors or snips in your pocket and cut off the dotted end.

Grid Tape
Start in a corner and work one direction. Apply small dabs of adhesive every 6 inches and drag along the length to spread out somewhat. Trim the tape to fit when you reach the end of a run. Finish off by covering the remaining cross T's (shorter grid sections). Trim the tape to fit the space exactly (do not overlap).

How to Install Glue-Up Ceiling Tiles

Adhesives -vs- Staples
We recommend adhesive when installing our tiles. Although stapling is an option, adhering tiles with adhesive is the recommended method, yielding the most favorable results. (Staples can crack the tiles). We recommend "Red Devil General Purpose Construction Adhesive" available here.

Materials: Needed for Installation

  • Ceiling tiles
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil / Wax Pencil
  • Chalk line
  • Straight edge
  • Scissors or Ceiling Tile Aviation Snips
  • Adhesive (about 1 tube for every 8 tiles)
  • Paper towels and water for clean-up
  • Decorative Strips/Grid Tape for Prolite and Designer Series
  • Eye protection

Surface Types and Methods of Installation

Sheetrock, Drywall, Plaster, Cement
Install ceiling tiles directly to ceiling using an approved adhesive. Verify on the adhesive of your choice whether it will work for both the ceiling tile material and the material to which it is to be adhered.

Wood Paneling, Plywood
Install ceiling tiles directly to ceiling using adhesive.

Wood Furring Strips
Furring strips can be used to mount the tiles to. This method is a great solution for ceilings that are not quite perfectly flat and would require a lot of work to fix. Furring strips can be leveled with shims when installing, giving a nice flat area for the tiles to adhere to.

The furring strips should be spaced out the width and length of your tile, minus any overlap that may be required. If you are installing 2x4 tiles, we recommend putting up furring strips in a 2x2 pattern so the middle of the tile has something to adhere to.

Popcorn / Stucco / Cottage Cheese Ceilings
Ceiling tiles should never be applied directly to popcorn ceilings. The ceiling tiles need a flat, even surface to be applied to. There are several ways to create an appropriate surface. You can remove the ceiling texture, add a new layer of drywall over the existing surface, or install furring strips.

If you decide to remove the existing texture, it would be a really good idea to test the material for asbestos before going to work. The process of removing the material is messy and time consuming and depending on your local laws, you may need to have a licensed removal contractor do the work. Please check into it before you start removal.

Before You Begin
Your surface needs to be smooth, clean, and dry. Test out your adhesive and tile combination in a small area before committing to doing the whole ceiling.

Planning Your Layout
Take the time to plan your layout. One of the most important things to know is that not every ceiling tile is exactly 2"x2" or 2"x4". Most tiles are slightly smaller so that they are versatile; working for both glue-up and drop grid applications. Be sure to check the size of your tile before laying out your ceiling.

With Grid Strips (Available for ProLite, Legacy, and Designer Series ceiling tiles)
If you plan on using grid strips to cover the seams, be sure to check the spacing needed between the tiles. Use a grid strip to verify the space needed to allow the grid strips to lay flat.

Without Grid Strips (An option for Legacy and Designer Series tiles, and recommended for Manchester ceiling tiles)
Place a few tiles on the floor and check the size and overlap. The overlap length can vary depending on the tile design and/or personal preference.

Note: The thickness compounds where 4 tiles overlapping tiles meet for the Legacy and Designer tiles. With careful planning, you can trim 2 or 3 tiles to minimize the thickness. This step is also a personal preference. For most installers, the ceiling height makes the overlap thickness unnoticeable.

Planning Your Layout
Knowing the actual size and overlap of the tile is very important for direct mounting. You will be marking a grid on the ceiling to keep everything nice and straight. If you are off by only 1/8 of an inch on each tile, after 8 tiles you will be off a whole inch. Be as precise as you can with your measurements.

Use grid paper and map out your ceiling. Indicate the position of lights, vents, and any other fixtures or obstructions on the ceiling. The location of these obstacles will determine your layout and overall look of the finished ceiling. Make sure you take the border into consideration when laying out the tile pattern. A larger border is often preferred over a small one. Use your drawing to plan an even border around the room.

Note: If the ceiling tile you have chosen has a large amount of relief, you may want to consider the use of a flatter border tile in the spaces where there are lights, vents or other obstructions in the ceiling. Tiles with a significant relief design may preclude the use of them when confronted with a surface mounted accessory.

Consider the main, most visible area of your space as well as the longest runs of tiles. These are usually the lines you want square to your starting wall. At some point, you will need to pick a wall to start from and use it as the base for your lines. Most rooms are not square and many times tile layout is a compromise of room shape and border tile size needs.

Once your pattern has been decided, use a chalk line to snap your rows. Make sure to space your chalk lines according to your size of tile. If you are overlapping tiles during installation, you will have to reduce your line spacing to account for the tile overlap.

Note: Both of these layouts are out of square by the same amount, only the size of the border tiles are different. The layout on the right shows how much easier it is to spot the imperfection in the alignment. The smaller the border tile, the greater it will magnify how out of square a room is.

Installing the First Tile
Make sure all your surfaces as well as your hands are clean. Any oils on the ceiling or tiles, even the ones from your skin, can affect the performance of the adhesive. Latex gloves are a great option during the installation process, keeping oils off the tiles and keeping your hands clean of adhesive.

Take your first tile and apply a bead of adhesive all the way around the perimeter of the backside of the tile. Make the bead 1/8" to 3/16" in size. If the tile center lays flat on the ceiling, add a 4" "X" to the center section with adhesive. If the tile has a design where only a few areas touch the ceiling, place dabs of adhesive on those sections. Keep a damp towel handy to clean up any adhesive that may seep out.

Gently place the tile close to its final location next to your chalk lines. Lightly press the tile to the ceiling as you slide it into position. This lets the adhesive spread out and smear a bit. Once you are satisfied that the tile is in place, firmly press the tile to the ceiling, rubbing out any bumps in the adhesive.

Second Tile - With Overlap
Use the same gluing technique as the first tile. Place the second tile next to your first one, overlapping the edge(s) by your predetermined amount. Your grid should have marks where your tile edge should be. Continue to place full sized tiles, adjusting as necessary, to remain lined up on your grid lines.

Second Tile - Without Overlap
Use the same gluing technique as the first tile. Place the second tile next to your first one. The edges of each tile should be touching. Don't press the tiles together with force. Use the Grid Strip to confirm you are placing the tiles with the correct spacing. Continue placing full sized tiles adjusting as necessary to remain lined up on your grid lines. For non-overlapping tiles, creating a small space to remain on your layout is okay. These gaps will be covered by the Grid Strips when finished.

Border Tiles
Measure the open space from the installed tile to the wall. Make sure to take measurements at each end of the space, as the measurements are often different. Make sure the tile is facing the correct direction. Transfer your measurements to your border tile and cut it.

Decorative Strips
Grid strips are designed to cover up the seams between non-overlapping ceiling tiles. Each strip is 2 feet long and most designs come with an embossed pattern.

The adhesive on the back is to aid with installation and IS NOT a permanent adhesive. Small dabs of tile adhesive should be applied to the back of the strips. A small dab at each end and 2 dabs spaced equally in the middle of the strip are adequate to permanently secure the strip to the ceiling. The adhesive backing will allow for the strip to stick to the ceiling long enough for the tile adhesive to cure. Failure to use tile adhesive may result in the failure of the strips to adhering permanently.

Approximately 1 Tube of adhesive per 125 strips (250 linear feet) is needed. We recommend Red Devil General Purpose Construction Adhesive (available here) or Loctite Power Grab All Purpose Adhesive (available locally in most big box stores).

Make sure your tiles are flat and any adhesive that has oozed out between the cracks has been cleaned up. If your tiles have been up for a while, take some time to clean the area that the strips will be applied to. Rubbing alcohol or 409 work really well to remove any dust or oils.

For best results, make sure the temperature in the room is between 60 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit and low humidity. Do not peel the backing off until you are installing the strip. Any contamination of the back side of the strips will compromise the performance of the adhesive.

The decorative strips should be butted up to one another. Do not overlap the strips. Make sure to always start at the same end of the strip. You may have to trim each strip slightly, so always put the strip in place before peeling off the backing so you can see if any trimming is needed.

Take your first strip. The dot at the end of the strip should be directly over the intersection of the 4 tiles. Once you have the strip lined up, peel the backing from the self adhesive and apply small dabs of tile adhesive to the back of the strip (see above). Run all the strips one direction first.

The decorative strips should be butted up to one another. Do not overlap the strips. Make sure to always start at the same end of the strip. You may have to trim each strip slightly, so always put the strip in place before peeling off the backing so you can see if any trimming is needed.



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Patrick M.Fort Pierce, FLDecember 17, 2014

5 out of 5

Love the product

This stuff looks great. We placed new hanging frames in our four elevators and installed three aristocrat ceiling tiles in each. An extra star for price. Along with a new tile floor and new vinyl wall covering, even our Otis technician thought it was done by their cab people. This at 10% of quoted price. If the rest of your products are anything like your ceiling tiles, you'll do just fine. Patrick Mahoney, Fla.

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Sandra C.Warren, MIDecember 7, 2021

5 out of 5

I love the look and feel

I used the ceiling tiles in my breezeway which used to just be a room that I walked through to get from my garage into my living room. It had no character. It had no purpose in my house. The ceiling tiles changed the entire feel of the room and it is now elegant and dramatic. I love them.

Marty G.Dallas, GAMay 5, 2021

4 out of 5

I was just buying a sample

This is not the tile I chose. It looks good and was what it was represented to be - I just liked a different one better

Dawn C.Auburn, NYFebruary 24, 2021

5 out of 5


My tiles came packaged securely and in perfect condition. These tiles are very easy to install, look great and are durable. Everyone loves them, so glad I got them.

Darlene E.Pittsburgh, PADecember 9, 2020

5 out of 5

Looks exactly like the picture

It brightens up the room and adds a sophisticated look to the decor.

Candace O.Pittsburgh, PAJuly 21, 2019

4 out of 5

Lots of compliments

We bought a few different styles of tiles and created a patchwork ceiling for our space. It was an astounding improvement over the standard drop ceiling tiles that were there previously. Plus our team was able to do all the installation ourselves, which was a bonus.

Diane C.Staten Island, NYAugust 13, 2018

5 out of 5

Great looking ceiling tiles

Worked perfect in our renovation. Customer service representative was extremely helpful

Marco G.Brooklyn, NYJune 14, 2018

5 out of 5

Love this look

I was able to make a statement with my kitchen ceiling using this pattern. Impactful and economical- perfect

Joann H.Pittsburgh, PAMay 1, 2018

5 out of 5

Wonderful and unique

It's very hard on a limited budget to update and make a very dated room look fresh and nice.. rather than spend your money at the home improvement store for institutional tiles. Try these. They have brought a wonderful texture to the room and makes even the dated paneling work. They send you full tile samples so you can fit them in the ceiling before you buy. You won't be sorry

Deborah S.Southport, NCMarch 20, 2018

4 out of 5

Worked and looks good .

This product was used to create rotating panels for the set of a play. The panels were painted to mimic wood panels in a British manor house. They were lightweight which allowed us to mount them on the surface of the rotating panels.

James J.Marrero, LAJuly 27, 2016

5 out of 5

Beautiful and Affordable

I was warned that plastic mold tiles would not self support, but this absolutely not the case.