For a fact, customized LED lights have become common in almost every modern space. This includes households, industries, institutions, and even outdoor settings. And get this – some of their most notable perks include saving on energy consumption, consequently reducing operational costs. Also, they are efficient and, arguably, the safest lighting technology for the planet.
However, LED lights are a bit pricey; because of high demand and still relatively low supply. But, they are also worth every coin.
Anyway, you might be wondering – what makes customizable LED lights so special? Well, with these lights, you have the creative freedom to personalize them into anything you would like. For example, you can make personalized LED panel lights for your home or your office; just to improve aesthetics. Moreover, you can use these lights to create mood, prepare a conducive environment for a project, or improve safety and security.
That’s why this new trend of LED lights is worth a try because customizing your light fixtures opens up a lot of possibilities; in terms of where to install and how to use them. That said, considering we have a wide variety of customized LED lights, there must be grouping in terms of application. Thus, there are five main categories of the functions of customized LED lights; namely utility, illumination, indication, security, and aesthetics. So, let’s take a look at each category to see where various customized LED lights fall.
Main Categories of Customized LED Lights Application
1. Illumination Lights
In most cases, the primary purpose of light fixtures is to provide illumination. Right? But, LED lights do the job better. Especially those that have been customized to perform best as lighting fixtures. For these fixtures, any other function would not suit them as much as illumination.
A good example is a Floodlight – they are made and customized to illuminate big outdoor spaces. Other common examples of customized illumination lights are highbay lights, headlights, flashlights, cabinet lights, bookshelf fixtures, closet lighting, and so on.
2. Indication Lights
Now, for decades, lights have been used to indicate when there is a change in status or condition. And customized LEDs are greatly finding use in this category. Why? Well, there are a lot of things that make LED lights suitable for indication. For example, an LED light can switch on and off instantly.
More so, these lights allow for color manipulation, thus, adding versatility to their usage. With customized LED lights, you can control indication color, light intensity, switching frequency, and so on. Plus, since these lights don’t use up a lot of power, they offer relief in terms of low running costs.
3. Decoration/Interior Design Lights
Yes. Nowadays, you find customized LED lights that are custom-made for decorative purposes. They are usually designed to improve how a space or object looks. These LED lights come in different colors and unique designs that make them easy to blend into their intended space.
A few good examples include artificial candles, backsplash lighting, light sculpture, and Christmas tree lighting, among others. Moreover, customized LED lights like neon signs can be used in shops for display purposes. Doing so makes the space or business more noticeable.
4. Special Utility Lights
Customized LED Lights made for utility purposes are the most technically advanced. Why? Because these lights are designed to perform very specific functions. Good examples include dental, medical, and plant growth lights.
With special utility lights, the goal is usually to help the user achieve something. For example, UVC lights help to disinfect air and surfaces. What’s more, planting lights allow users to grow healthy plants in indoor spaces.
5. Security Lights
When it comes to security matters, lighting always plays a pivotal role in ensuring you and your property are safe. Generally, ample light not only deters intruders but also helps to warn the user of any unwarranted intrusion attempts in advance. Thus, giving them enough time to act accordingly to protect themselves and ward off the danger.
That’s what makes security lights special. Unlike other forms of lighting, these fixtures are high-performance, high-intensity lights that help to fully illuminate outdoor or large interior spaces. Basically, a security light should be weatherproof, dustproof, bright, have a sturdy/durable housing, and can come with added security features, like motion sensors, daylight switching, video recording, and more.
The text above discusses five major categories of LED lights. However, one question that might still be lurking around your mind is, “How are LED lights categorized?” If so, here’s what you need to know.
Factors That Determine Application of Customized LED Lights
Now, before customizing LED lights and determining where they will be used, it is important to do some analysis of their intended working environment. Why? Because every space has different lighting requirements.
Also, this will help you ensure that wherever you decide to use your customized LED light is where it will perform optimally. So, what are the aspects that you need to consider?
a. Material used
Housing material is a huge determinant of how long your light fixtures will last. That’s why it’s important to ensure that where you install your customized LED lights will not affect the light’s material and make them ineffective.
For example, Some LED lights cannot work well in highly humid spaces because of the material of their casing. However, others have been made with casings that can withstand any condition.
b. Impact Protection
Again, on durability, a fixture’s ability to withstand impact is always paramount. If an LED light has been customized to be shockproof, then it can survive in spaces and conditions that are prone to shock and uncontrolled projectiles. Thus, it will remain efficient and perform optimally.
c. Luminous Output
Now, to achieve perfect lighting, the luminous output should be ample without causing any discomfort to the intended users. That’s why it’s imperative to determine how bright your fixtures should be before embarking on customization.
For example, if you want to have your customized LED lights, say, in your living/relaxation room, you will lean towards those that produce low to medium levels of illumination. However, if you intend to use your LED lights on your front porch, then you will need those with high luminous outputs.
d. Light Colors and Temperatures
Usually, customized LED lights have a variety of colors, hues, and temperatures. And you get to choose one that fits your intended space and use. Therefore, make sure the color of your customized LED lights matches the mood and ambiance you want to create in your space.
Generally, bright white (cool) colors improve alertness and are, therefore, the best for workspaces. On the other hand, spaces meant for relaxation and rest should get warm, medium-level brightness to avoid eye strain.
e. Size of the Fixture
Size is an important factor. It comes into play in so many ways. First, you have to determine the size of your personalized LED lights. Considering how big your space is and how bright you want the new LEDs to be, it becomes easier to determine how many fixtures you’ll need. And that, in turn, makes budgeting a tad bit effortless for you.
That said, it’s also important to note that lighting can make a room look wider or narrower. So, in case your space is small, installing many small LED lights can make it seem big, and vice versa.
f. The Purpose of the Fixture
It goes without saying that you should get customized LED lights that blend in. A good example is a glam space. In such a setting, you will find customized LED bulbs on mirrors. Also, such spaces make use of customized LED Strip lights to improve overall visibility.
Also, if your goal is to boost outdoor security, the fixtures you design have to meet the requirements of a security light. Or, if you want to create customized UVC lights, your design should also be considerate of the safety of the user. Get it?
These are the main things you should consider. They’ll help you design customized LED lights that will function efficiently in their application areas. Evidently, customized lights are made to perform various functions.
As we can see, Customized LED lights are versatile. They can perform many different functions. And they are customizable to meet the needs and requirements of any given space. Now, with the information above, it should be easier to know exactly which LED lights you should be going for.
And that means you will have an effortless time finding a suitable LED manufacturer, designing, and budgeting for your project.
Nat Huang is the Chief Marketing Officer for ShineLong, a Chinese manufacturer that specializes in providing LED Tri-Proof lights and commercial lighting solutions to its global customer base through an official website. Follow him on Twitter @imrNat.