LUXHIVE 12 Pack Acoustic Foam, Dense Odorless 0% Volatile Organic Compounds Off-Gassing Sound Proof Foam Panels, Stylish Premium Chemical Free Home Office, Recording Studio Acoustic Panels 1"x12"x12"

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Frequently Asked Questions


What problem is this LUXHIVE™ product solving? What’s the NRC?

After trying several brands of typically black polyurethane (PU) foam, we noticed the soundproofing results were minor at best and placebo effect at worst. So we dug into the material: Polyurethanes (PUs) are a product of the addition polymerization reaction between diisocyanates and diols. The main environmental issue of PU materials concerns the use of isocyanate raw materials as these compounds are harmful to people and the environment. MDI and TDI, the most widely used isocyanates in the PU industry, are classified as CMR (Carcinogen, Mutagen and Reprotoxic). Source: Merenyi S. REACH: Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006: consolidated version (June 2012) with an introduction and future prospects regarding the area of Chemicals legislation. GRIN Verlag; 2012.

Polyurethane foam is made from petroleum-byproducts (highly flammable), undergoes volatile organic compounds off-gassing (persistent indoor environmental hazard), and is an inappropriate acoustic material (though commonly sold as acoustic panels). Absorption and diffusion are called room treatments and are used for better sound whereas soundproofing is used for less noise. PU foam is commonly sold as performing both sound absorption as well as soundproofing which isn't possible by the definitions of sound absorption and soundproofing respectively. The chemistry behind PU foam only permits minor effectiveness at best and placebo effect at worst with regards to soundproofing, sound absorption, and sound diffusion.

We decided to solve this problem through the creation of LUXHIVE soundproofing panels because we desired non-toxic industrial noise reduction and unwanted sound control. Our proprietary LUXHIVE formula is actively soundproofing with a 0.85 Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC), heat-resistant with a 0.0032 W/m.K Thermal Conductivity & B1 Flame Retardant Grade, odorless, and without volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions as our proprietary formula is similar to Magic Eraser without the persistent indoor environmental hazards of polyurethane (PU) foam. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, frequent headaches, nausea, and can also damage the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. LUXHIVE soundproofing acoustic foam panels have been engineered specifically to be a superior deadening material for noise reduction and unwanted sound control.


Do I have polyurethane foam releasing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into my air that I need to replace with LUXHIVE™ tiles engineered without polyurethane foam (PU foam)?

While polyurethane foam can arrive compressed or uncompressed, can have a noticeable unpleasant odor or release volatile organic compounds without a noticeably unpleasant odor, and if compressed can require soaking in water or waiting sometimes days to regain shape only to end up deformed and distorted, feel with your hands the difference between your uncompressed LUXHIVE soundproofing panels and your typical polyurethane foam. Also, compare the soundproofing quality of your odorless, heat-resistant, non-toxic LUXHIVE soundproofing panels to your typical polyurethane foam.


Are sound absorption, sound diffusion, and soundproofing all the same?

Sound absorption and sound diffusion are not the same as the methods used to reduce sound leakage into and out of a space. The methods used to reduce sound leakage into and out of a space are called soundproofing which results in less noise, noise defined as any unwanted sound. Absorption and diffusion are called room treatments and are used for better sound whereas soundproofing is used for less noise.


What is LUXHIVE™ soundproof foam made of?

Our LUXHIVE acoustic panels have been meticulously designed for indoor odorless, heat-resistant, non-toxic industrial noise reduction and unwanted sound control. Sound absorption and sound diffusion are not the same as the methods used to reduce sound leakage into and out of a space, called soundproofing which results in less noise (noise defined as any unwanted sound). Absorption and diffusion are called room treatments and are used for better sound whereas soundproofing is used for less noise. Our proprietary formula is similar to Magic Eraser without the persistent indoor environmental hazards of polyurethane (PU) foam. Test for yourself the flammability as well as the soundproofing ability of polyurethane foam compared to LUXHIVE panels as LUXHIVE has a 0.0032 W/m.K Thermal Conductivity as well as a B1 Flame Retardant Grade.

Polyurethane foam is made from petroleum-byproducts (highly flammable), undergoes volatile organic compounds off-gassing (persistent indoor environmental hazard), and is an inappropriate acoustic material (though commonly sold as acoustic panels). Absorption and diffusion are called room treatments and are used for better sound whereas soundproofing is used for less noise. PU foam is commonly sold as performing both sound absorption as well as soundproofing which isn't possible by the definitions of sound absorption and soundproofing respectively. The chemistry behind PU foam only permits minor effectiveness at best and placebo effect at worst with regards to soundproofing, sound absorption, and sound diffusion.

We decided to solve this problem through the creation of LUXHIVE soundproofing panels because we desired non-toxic industrial noise reduction and unwanted sound control. Our proprietary LUXHIVE formula is actively soundproofing, heat-resistant, odorless, and without volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, frequent headaches, nausea, and can also damage the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. LUXHIVE soundproofing acoustic foam panels have been engineered specifically to be a superior deadening material for noise reduction and unwanted sound control.


How do I remove the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in my air caused by polyurethane foam, primarily used for building construction and package cushioning but sold as a soundproofing material, I haven’t thrown away yet?

Consistent use of air purifiers with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) style filters with an added layer of activated carbon, also known as activated charcoal, can solve the problem of ambient VOCs released from PU foam panels. Activated carbon is full of microscopic cracks and holes which trap and remove airborne odors, gases, and chemicals from building materials, cleaning products, personal care items, smoke, cooking odors, spoiled food and more.


How do I get the best use of my LUXHIVE™ soundproof foam?

We'd like to offer you two different yet similar perspectives as our follow up to your initial inquiry.

Perspective #1 of 2 = Another customer reached out asking if our soundproofing will help lessen the sound of his roommates walking down the hallway outside his room if he stuck LUXHIVE on his room door. Here was our response which we think you may find useful as well:

If you want to use LUXHIVE tiles to solve this problem, you'd want to place your tiles on the wall opposite the door as well as the wall including the door. Assuming you are in an academic shared space environment where your rooming situation may change year to year, consider trying "Mack's Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs" and/or "Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Putty Earplugs", which are available on Amazon.com as well as many other local retailers if you Google for "Mack's Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs" and/or "Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Putty Earplugs". We like "Mack's Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs" for blocking sound while sleeping as well. Everyone is unique and therefore consider trying "Mack's Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs" as well as "Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Putty Earplugs" as you may prefer one over the other.

For focusing while in an academic shared space environment or just in everyday life, if you prefer complete silence consider utilizing "Mack's Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs" or "Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Putty Earplugs". If you need a little noise to cancel wondering thoughts while increasing focus, consider listening to music without lyrics of the genre lo-fi, classical, soft rock, etc. using YouTube channels featuring such music (right-click the YT video and select loop if you find YT stations you particularly enjoy), Pandora.com, Spotify.com, etc.

Perspective #2 of 2 = Another customer reached out to us asking about office use and if our soundproofing is the solution. Here was our response which we think you may find useful as well:

Best Solution = Starts at the construction level before an office existed. For a soundproof space that was originally built to be soundproof, the walls would be composed of large and dense layers of thick material such as concrete or a dense specie of wood. If we are talking about a structure that has been already built of the residential and/or commercial type that was built without soundproofing spaces in mind, then it is highly likely that the material used between the walls is thin to sparse which is causing most sound to pass in and/or out. Sound, starting at the source, projects outward in all directions. A small portion of it (known as direct sound) travels in a straight line to let’s say a microphone. The remainder (known as reflected sound) bounces randomly between the surfaces of the room.

Second Best Solution = Starts with working with what has been constructed. The methods used to reduce sound leakage into and out of a space are called soundproofing which results in less noise, noise defined as any unwanted sound. Soundproofing works to deadening noise entering as well as leaving as the sound waves are disrupted or rather broken down. This is where LUXHIVE could be of benefit. Ideal wall coverage of all four walls is 20-80% coverage. If building a new office isn’t an option, LUXHIVE soundproofing utilized on all the walls of the space would be step 1. The need for bass traps for the corners of the room can be replaced with bean bag chair like objects if you have those available. Then, as you test what coverage is yielding the best results for the dimensions and purposes of your space, you add or remove soundproofing focused panels as you get closer and then finally achieve the desired final results for your space.


What are the instructions for mounting my LUXHIVE™ soundproofing acoustic foam panels without ruining my wall?

Another customer reached out to us asking about office use and if our soundproofing is the solution. Here was our response which we think you may find useful as well:

Best Solution = Starts at the construction level before an office existed. For a soundproof space that was originally built to be soundproof, the walls would be composed of large and dense layers of thick material such as concrete or a dense specie of wood. If we are talking about a structure that has been already built of the residential and/or commercial type that was built without soundproofing spaces in mind, then it is highly likely that the material used between the walls is thin to sparse which is causing most sound to pass in and/or out. Sound, starting at the source, projects outward in all directions. A small portion of it (known as direct sound) travels in a straight line to let’s say a microphone. The remainder (known as reflected sound) bounces randomly between the surfaces of the room.

Second Best Solution = Starts with working with what has been constructed. The methods used to reduce sound leakage into and out of a space are called soundproofing which results in less noise, noise defined as any unwanted sound. Soundproofing works to deadening noise entering as well as leaving as the sound waves are disrupted or rather broken down. This is where LUXHIVE could be of benefit. Ideal wall coverage of all four walls is 20-80% coverage. If building a new office isn’t an option, LUXHIVE soundproofing utilized on all the walls of the space would be step 1. The need for bass traps for the corners of the room can be replaced with bean bag chair like objects if you have those available. Then, as you test what coverage is yielding the best results for the dimensions and purposes of your space, you add or remove soundproofing focused panels as you get closer and then finally achieve the desired final results for your space.

    • Ideal wall coverage varies anywhere between 20-80% but must cover two opposing walls at minimum for effectiveness.

    • When covering an area of one wall, leave its mirror reflection point on the opposite wall open because one panel is sufficient to kill all standing waves in that spot.

    • Never bend, twist, squeeze, or compress to retain optimal integrity.

    • Store in a dry place and never soak in water.

Recommendation = Use easy, cost-effective 2" (or similar) T-Pins that leave such a small hole that just a Q-tip and hobby store paint can mask the hole when rearranging your foam panels.

    • Command Strips: won't hold onto the foam unless you use big, expensive ones.

    • Silicone Sealant: effective but sticks way too well to the wall and too hard to get off without tearing paint off.

    • Acrylic Caulk: better than silicone because it comes off the wall easier but still a big pain.

    • Carpet Tape: doesn't hold onto the foam and sticks a little too well to the wall.

    • Spray Adhesive: common mounting solution but results in a sticky wall covered in bits of foam.


Articles from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) - Technical Overview of Volatile Organic Compounds

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) - Volatile Organic Compounds' Impact on Indoor Air Quality


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