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Light up with LEDs


Ian Drinkwater gives us his opinion on how to be successful in the LED market.


As the manufacturer of an LED product “ 82


Applelec was one of the first companies to bring LEDs to the UK sign industry and we have continued to work and develop products in this area since then.


that’s been increasingly specified by lighting designers over the last three years, Applelec is still relatively new to the lighting world. The company is no stranger to LED technology however, as we’ve been manufacturing signage and lettering for over 15 years, with LEDs introduced as a lighting source for these systems in around 2004. Applelec was one of the first companies to bring LEDs to the UK sign industry and we have continued to work and develop products in this area since then. Indeed, our product LED Light Sheet was born out of a need to streamline illuminated signage and it’s since been selected for applications including retail display systems and exterior building facades.


Despite a short time working in the lighting industry, we’re keenly aware that we’ve entered an industry in the throes of revolutionary change due to the rise of LED. It’s no secret that LED products differ wildly in quality whilst spurious claims and too- good-to-be-true energy reduction promises abound. Perhaps more pressingly, while some LED manufacturers seek to offer a straight replacement to traditional lighting fixtures, it’s increasingly acknowledged that this isn’t always the right course for LED. We firmly believe that interest in LED Light Sheet stems from the fact that it doesn’t directly seek to replace any pre- existing fixture. Instead, it offers something altogether new. This is a key point when thinking about which LED products offer value to lighting designers: in the majority of cases they do something that couldn’t


be done before. As a made-to-measure lighting unit, the versatility of LED Light Sheet means we are constantly discovering new ways to use it, new industries to work with and new ways to improve and refine the construction possibilities of the product.


Embedding small thermally managed LEDs within acrylic is one element to our LED Light Sheet construction process and a similar technique is used for our leading illuminated lettering product. LEDs are embedded within coloured acrylic to create bespoke illuminated letters and logos with a seamless finish. Taking this process a step further has led to the development of another new product, FormLight. Here again, LEDs are embedded within coloured acrylic, but with FormLight, a designer has the ability to create any shape, pattern or design detail in a choice of three IP ratings up to IP68. These LED products all provide bespoke construction possibilities and that puts creativity into the hands of the design teams using them. Most significantly the processes used to create these products are wholly unique to LED and unachievable by any other means.


Contact Applelec T: 01274 774477 W: www.applelec.co.uk


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