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Shopping for Customized LED Lights? Here Are a Few Cool Things to Know
When LED lights first came to be, there was a lot of buzz around them. And that’s because this lighting technology brought with it a truckload of benefits. Thus, for a while LED lighting popularity and uptake seemed to be skyrocketing. Is that still the case? Yes.
Despite wide adoption, LED lights are yet to reach market saturation. Mainly because they offer something new to rave about every now and then. Personalization is the latest trend in this buzzing industry. That’s why customized LED lights are popping up in many areas and commercial spaces.
So, what are custom-made LED lights? Well, these are fixtures that are designed to meet a specific buyer’s lighting needs. With personalization, you get the freedom to decide how you want your LED fixtures to look like, operate, and function.
Want to learn more? If so, here are a few cool perks you stand to enjoy when you customize your LED lights.
8 Cool Perks to Know About LED Light Customization
1. Overall Cost Control
From their benefits, it’s understandable that LED lights can be a bit pricey. However, their biggest guarantee has always been value for money. Plus, the costs of getting these fixtures have been reducing since their inception. I mean it’s relatively cheaper to buy LED lights today than it was a decade ago.
That said, even with the initial cost being high, running and maintaining these fixtures doesn’t take much. They are energy-efficient; thus, do a great job while keeping operational costs low. And it gets even better with customization.
Despite the fact that LED personalization can be costly, it gives you more control over the final price per unit. That’s because when you customize your LEDs, it allows you to get rid of unnecessary/unwanted standard features.
More so, you can propose the use of alternative, but cheaper materials – if possible. These changes can help to bring down the overall cost of manufacturing your customized LED lights.
2. Your Design Preferences
Customized LED lights are unique and admirable. And that’s because they are usually designed according to the buyer’s specifications. This means that you can design them into any shape or size you would like. Personalization not only gives you more control over the final product’s design but also gives your new fixtures a sense of uniqueness.
Generally, being able to design your LED lights means that you’ll come up with fixtures that fit perfectly into your space and décor. And even better, working with a reputable manufacturer like ShineLong ensures you get all the assistance you need, every step of the way.
3. Easy Installation Perks
Yes! Being able to customize your LED lights means that you can design them for easy installation; as per your current lighting settings and available fittings. That’s why personalized lights are usually the most suitable for their intended space.
The only setback about this is that the fixtures may not work well if moved to a different space with different fittings and settings. Thus, it’s important to bear this in mind to avoid limiting your fixtures to a specific space.
4. Wide Choice of Colors
The beauty of customization is the fact that you get to decide every single detail about your LED lights including color. Now, LEDs are divided into two primary color schemes – fixed single color or multiple changing colors.
Notably, fixed color LED lights produce only one shade. However, color-changing LEDs can be customized to give out various shades at any given time; either automatically (in intervals) or manually. This benefit makes customized LED lights a must-have for places that have flashy, multicolored lights; for example, nightclubs or concerts.
But bear in mind that the majority of the color-changing customizable LED lights need an LED controller to operate efficiently. Thus, if that’s what you are aiming for, your manufacturing costs might go up.
5. Customizing Brightness Levels
You can customize LED lights to have the brightness of your choice. Note, brightness is often measured in lumens. That’s why it’s important to calculate the lumen requirements of your space; i.e. how bright should the fixtures be to give ample illumination.
Now, it’s also vital to understand that brightness levels are determined by a number of things. They include luminous efficacy (measured in Lumens per Watt), type of LEDs used, the number of diodes in the fixture, as well as diffuser type.
Anyway, all these factors can be a bit too technical for a typical buyer. And that’s why it’s always wise to consult a reputable manufacturer. They’ll help guide you through the whole process while offering insights on the best/most recommended choices.
6. Feature Selection and Configuration
As mentioned earlier, customization gives you the opportunity to determine which features will be available on your LEDs. And while this can be a cost-saving perk, you can also use it to add more features to your lights. Which features am I talking about?
Well, LED lights support a large number of functions and features. They include things like dimming, motion sensing, daylight switching, automatic switching, video/audio recording, wireless connectivity, and so on. Therefore, you have a wide range of options to choose from.
Now, I know you might be tempted to go all-in if your finances allow. But, what that does is raise the manufacturing costs; thus, it’s not advisable. The last thing you want is to spend extra on a feature you probably won’t use.
So, here’s a quick tip on how to avoid unnecessarily raising the overall cost – focus on needs rather than wants. What I mean is that you should only add the features you need. For example, if you’re are looking for parking lot lights, a daylight switching feature will be more important than dimming. For living room lights, a dimming feature’s importance surpasses others like motion sensing. Get it?
And, again, if this sounds too complicated, don’t hesitate to ask for professional advice from your manufacturer.
7. Connection and Wiring Configuration
Obviously, connection and wiring are usually important factors to consider when buying new light fixtures. You’ll be faced with questions like:
- Will the new fixtures fit?
- Is the current wiring configuration capable of sustaining the electrical needs of the new fixtures?
- What’s more cost-effective – upgrading your wiring or customizing the new LEDs to work with the current system?
Now, this is one area that most new buyers often overlook. And it can lead to costly mistakes and fixes. Imagine spending on new customized LED lights only to experience difficulties and headaches trying to integrate them. Not feasible, right? Well, customization helps to avoid these issues.
Remember, the manufacturer you choose to work with might be located in a different part of the globe. And different regions have different wiring configurations. Therefore, it’s important to ensure you go over connection and wiring configurations with your supplier during the design process.
8. It’s Another Form of Brand Advertising
This is probably the biggest perk that businesses get to enjoy from customizing LED lights. Branding LED lights is a unique form of advertisement. Plus, it helps to highlight your brand from the many, similar businesses out there.
Anyway, these are just a few cool benefits of customizing your LED light. However, to be successful, there are a few things you must do.
4 Pro Tips on How to Successfully Customize LED Light Fixtures
- a) Do ample research. This helps you to know as much as possible about the process and how it’s going to benefit you. Plus, during your inquiries, you may be lucky to find a reputable, reliable, and able manufacturer for the job.
- b) Plan! Plan! Plan! The backbone of any successful mission is often planning. In this case, it’s important to map out the needs of the intended space, ideal development timeline, budget, as well as contingencies in case something doesn’t go to plan.
- c) Be very picky about who you choose to work with. The fact is that there are hundreds of LED manufacturers out there. And that means that it will be easy to land a competitively-priced deal. However, cheap purchases may be costly in the long run. So, instead of making decisions based on cost reduction, put more focus on fixture quality and professional service delivery. That way you’ll get more value for your money.
- d) Always ask for samples before committing to a bulk order. Even if you’ve done all due diligence, it helps to get a sample of the final fixture before mass production commences. This allows you to assess the quality of the LED light as well as the manufacturer’s ability to deliver what you want. And even better, you can make convenient and less costly adjustments to the design if the need arises.
To Sum Up…
It’s no secret that LED lights are becoming an integral part of the global lighting industry. And let’s face it – they do have numerous benefits to offer. But it gets even better when customization comes into play.
Generally, having customized LED lights is what any business needs to gain a competitive edge. And you can always count on us, at ShineLong LED Company, to help you in this awesome endeavor.
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.