Light Emitting Diodes (LED) have transformed trade show exhibits. For the better. Not long ago, LED trade show lighting was a luxury, reserved for expensive island displays or tech companies with unlimited budgets. Now, LED lights are everywhere, from tabletops to double-deck exhibits. As a result, the show floor is brighter, more colorful, and more engaging for attendees.
Exhibit and graphic designers have gotten creative with LED lights. They use them for backlit graphics, hanging signs, halo-lit logos, and accent lights for counters, shelves, and flooring. Even faux neon signs are back in vogue using LED tube lights with RGB (red, green, blue) programming to add motion and variable colors.
Trade Show LED Lighting: An Introduction
If you haven’t purchased a new display for a few years, it’s time to review your trade show LED lighting options. Considering a portable display? LED stem lights or a backlit logo for a portable display can create a more upscale booth space and attract attention.
Modular displays, both inlines and islands, are perfect for large backlit fabric graphics, which can be single or double-sided. Then add RGB LED lights to the pedestals, charging tables, and downlighting. These can be fine-tuned to your corporate color or programmed to create variable colors and movement.
Custom exhibit design typically starts with a blank canvas, which means the lighting
LED trade show lights are durable, cost-effective, and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent or halogen bulbs. In addition, LED bulbs can use as much as 75% percent less energy than halogen bulbs.
The Advantages of LED Lighting in Trade Shows
Energy Efficiency: LED lights are more energy efficient than traditional halogen and incandescent lights. This can lower your electricity requirements, especially if your trade show booth has extensive LED lighting.
Longer Lifespan: LED lights have a much longer lifespan which means you’ll replace them less often. And perhaps never.
Durability: LED lights are durable, which makes them ideal for the harsh conditions of a trade show, including installation, dismantling, and shipping.
Color Accuracy: LED lights produce a more accurate color rendition than traditional halogen and incandescent lights. This is important for trade show graphics that showcase your brand and products.
Cost: Over time, the cost of trade show LED lighting has dropped considerably, while the quality has improved. Like any product, the prices vary depending on the availability and complexity of the lighting requirements.
Size: Most LED lighting solutions are smaller than their fluorescent or halogen equivalents. Size matters when designing trade show lighting and the smaller sizes of LED tape lights, strips, modules, tubes, and bulbs allow for greater creativity.
Options: There are a variety of LED trade show lights available, so you can choose the right lights for your specific needs.
Choosing the Right LED Lighting Accessories
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- Listed to Both UL and CSA Standards
- No Exposed LEDs — LED Board is Recessed in Fixture Head
- Draws Approximately 18.1 Watts of Power
- Light Output of Generation 3 LED Board is Equivalent to a 200 Watt Linear Halogen Lamp
- Custom Heat Sink to Properly Cool the LEDs
- High-Quality RGB LEDs with Custom Selected Lensing and Drivers
- For Single or Double-sided Lightboxes
- UL Listed
- 24V Plug and Play Design
- 7 1/2″ High x 4 1/2″ Deep x 3 1/2″ Dia.
- 18 Watt LED Fixture Available in Non-Dimmable Models
- Choose From Spot, Medium or Flood Beam Angles
- Warm White (3000K) Only
- Fixture Available in Black, White or Silver
- Designed to Deliver Soft Diffused Lighting to Desired Areas
- Easy to Install With Plug and Play Connectors
- Each Puck Includes 36″ Cord With Female Connector
- Fixture Comes With Interchangeable Clear and Frosted Lenses.
- Available in Black, White, or Silver Finishes
10 Examples of Trade Show Booth LED Lighting
The LED lightboxes are everywhere on the trade show floor, and backlit graphics have become the new standard for many portable, modular, and custom exhibits. Which means, the “same ol same ol” just doesn’t cut it anymore. Consider shapes other than standard rectangles or add practical accessories like shelves, monitors, storage, or programmable RGB edge lighting. These custom touches will elevate your display from the basic lightboxes and attract attention from attendees.
Clean, dynamic, inviting, and practical. The VK-1356 strikes the ideal balance of large backlit graphics, tablet/monitor(s), and casual seating, all in well-defined spaces with creative lighting. Even the Bistro Charging Table has perimeter accent lights.
Big Lightbox with Vibrant Graphics. Check. Shelves for Products. Check. Locking Storage. Check. Modular Assembly. Check. This modern hybrid display combines vibrant tension fabric graphics and LED Backlighting with lightweight aluminum extrusion for a versatile and attractive solution at any trade show.
This eco-friendly display has a large backlit fabric graphic with attached LED light modules. The MOD-1701 Backlit Counter complements the design. There’s ample locking storage with a full-size closet and storage in the counter.
The VK-2971 display with SuperNova LED technology combines vibrant tension fabric graphics with lightweight aluminum extrusion for a versatile and attractive solution at any trade show. The displays include storage, large monitor capability, backlighting, and standoff graphics.
This contemporary Inline lightbox design blends exceptionally bright LED lights, aluminum SEG frames, and vibrant fabric graphics into a brilliant eye-catching display. The large hexagon LED lightbox frames the non-backlit SEG frames and acrylic accents. Upfront the MOD-1598 reception counter comes with both a backlit front graphic and locking storage. Plus there’s wireless and USB charging ports.
This rental design with LED lightboxes and accent lights includes a custom reception with RGB programmable lights, backlit tension fabric graphics, and a casual charge table with LED perimeter lights. The SuperNova LED lights are attached to the frame which makes assembly easy and packaging a snap and includes integrated cord management.
The VK-5171 is a dramatic island exhibit with a 16 ft. backlit tower and lightboxes. Who needs an overhead sign when your booth shines bright and your logo can be seen from across the show hall? But it’s more than just a pretty face. It’s inviting, informative, and practical.
Throughout this island, there are large graphic opportunities at multiple angles to attract attendees from every aisle, including a 12 ft. LED Lightbox.
The attractive MOD-1715 counter with LED accent lighting and backlit logo offers a large countertop for brochures, promotional incentives, or as a product display. The counter has convenient locking storage and an internal shelf. Plus, the programmable RGB lights make it easy to dial-in your branding color. Or choose a sequential color rotation.
Reception counters should be attractive and practical. The MOD-1590 has a large backlit fabric graphic and locking storage. The colorful backlit graphic will draw attendees to the booth space and the convenient storage is ideal for literature, promotional products, or samples. Wireless charging pads are always a great addition to any trade show counter.
10 Trends in LED Trade Show Lighting
1. Backlit Fabric Graphics – Single and double-sided fabric graphics dominate trade shows and events
2. Double-sided Lightboxes
3. Wall-mounted Lightboxes – Consider lightboxes for lobbies, conference rooms, training areas, and meeting spaces in a variety of sizes.
4. LED Stem Lights
5. Edge-lit and Backlit Logos – Elevate your design with edge-lit and backlit logos
6. Perimeter Lights
7. Portable Backlit Graphics – See the Elegant Symphony Backlit Portable Exhibits
8. Programmable RGB Lights – Upgrade your LED lighting with a full range of colors and programmable features
9. Puck Lights
Modern Trade Show LED Lighting Solutions from Classic Exhibits!
Choose from hundreds of exhibit designs with LED lighting in Exhibit Design Search. Browse the following galleries: Island Exhibits, Modern Inlines, Sustainable Islands and Inlines, Rental Islands and Inlines, LED Lightbox Exhibits, and Lightboxess and Banner Stands.
Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufactures portable, modular, hybrid, and custom exhibit solutions, including Symphony Portable Displays. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or www.classicexhibits.com.