For the benefit of our clients, and hopefully for potential future clients as well, we wanted to spend a little time this week talking about a subject that appears to be attracting strong buzz so far this year.  Surely LED lighting is proving to be one the fastest growing products for the electronic market.  Plus, it’s also a major component in the design, production and marketing plans for a good number of our clients – no matter what their major industry grouping might be.

Browsing at industrial, automotive and commercial trade shows this year has resulted in identifying a design technique that is becoming more and more popular as technology improves. That technique is decorative LED lighting.

The automotive marketplace is making a strong push toward interior decorative lighting with mood lighting on dashboards, sill plates, headliners and seats. In many designs the color can be changed to fit the mood or desire of the driver. This move toward flexible design lighting is expected to extend to exterior areas of the vehicle over the next few years. Expect to see emblem (badge) lighting in the very near future.

The appliance industry is using multi-color options already on washing machines and dryers, refrigerators and small appliances and the trend is expected to increase dramatically in coming years.

The most obvious commercial use of color for design is probably in the area of communication. Cell phones, tablets, PCs and gaming equipment are making extensive use of LED lighting as decoration for products.

Many (maybe even most) of these products are using edge lighting in order to keep the lighting modules as thin as possible since product size is of extreme importance as new generations of smaller or lighter products are introduced.

The future looks “bright” for LEDs in the foreseeable future. We would love to know your thoughts on products you might know of or would like to see using decorative LED lighting.

For now, we hope this information has added a little extra “enlightenment“ to your day.

We’d love for you to take a few moments to add your thoughts on some of these new ideas that we’ll all soon be working with regularly.  What have you noticed that you feel will have a major impact on the future this critical and increasingly creative industry?