LED – The New World of Trade Show Lighting

First there was the light bulb! We all know about the incandescent light bulbs and the new spiral compact fluorescent which have taken over them. Now I want to introduce you to the world of LEDs. The exhibit industry is finally caught up and we have a lot of different ideas to work with the trade show industry.

First, I do want to point out the LED light that looks like a fluorescent light fixture. The great thing about it is that it is going to last longer and the tubes are not glass so it is not going to break. So the world of LED has caught up with the fluorescent world as well. The Bar LED light is used in applications where you have fabric frames and you can line the inside of the frame

The biggest thing I would stress to push as far as the pop up exhibits that have the halogen light which get hot and have a glass face that can fall out and break and have a shorter life span is that we now have LED stem lights. We can see from the brightness factor that they can definitely light up, the color tone is brighter on the LEDs and they will always be touchable. The other disadvantage on the halogen lights is that they can fall forward and burn your fabric graphic. So if you have a pop up or portable, go ahead and switch for LEDs, a little more investment first but they will last longer around 20,000 hours, they do not get hot and you can touch them and you don’t have to worry about the bulb running out.

The other application is when you have the smaller stem lights and you are using the 2-prong MR16 bulb. The LED world is come out with MR16 size for the same application. Another application is the LED lights controlled by remote, you can have them changing colors and they are called Ribbon lights. They can be glued or taped to any surface to be used inside a fabric frame or behind plexi glass or inside a tube.

I just wanted to give you a bunch of different ideas of LED applications on the show floor. A full exhibit display house like Exhibit Edge is going to know all these different types of LED lights to use on the show floor.

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