Inside Look: Custom Decorative Overlays

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Inside Look: Custom Decorative Overlays No matter the design, custom overlays are a sure way to add more life to a manufactured product. Advertising professionals desire to make a logo or text really “pop.” Technology curators want the most futuristic look. Custom decorative overlays best accomplish this. Yet, there are several types, and knowing the difference between them can transform your project. Printed A printed overlay is a simple concept. It is used often in microwaves, ovens or laundry appliances. The plastic is printed on, either...

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How to Find the Best Custom Lighting Supplier for Your Project

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Lightguides: The Options It’s crucial to know the difference between kinds of custom lighting. Weighing the options helps you to make the most efficient choice for your project. Here are some considerations for comparing various high-end technologies.   Electroluminescent Film Electroluminescent film is the kind of lighting required to create a kind of glow in things like watches, alarm clocks, reflective clothing, and even billboards. This technology is most often manufactured in flat panels and does not require additional tooling to...

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The Top Do’s & Don’ts for Decreasing Lighting Assembly Space

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The Top Do’s & Don’ts: Decreasing Lighting Assembly Space For any business who’s looking to decrease the assembly space required for their illumination system, there are a variety of potential ways to achieve that goal. With decades of experience producing high quality custom lightguide projects, we’ve put together a few of our top do’s and don’ts for getting it done right. DO Reduce Thickness: Reducing the thickness of the lightguide is one of the first places to start when looking to decrease assembly space. One thing...

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4 Smart Moves to Reduce Power without Sacrificing LED Brightness

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4 Smart Moves to Reduce Power without Sacrificing LED Brightness There are many different goals to take into consideration with the design of a custom lighting solution. One of the most essential may be reducing the power supply needs of the system. Doing so can provide further benefits, such as improving reliability and expected shelf life, and reducing space and size constraints. Benefits often come with tradeoffs; traditionally, when you reduce power you may need to reduce brightness at the same time. The good news is this doesn’t...

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Weighing Pros & Cons: DIY vs Hiring a Custom Lightguide Designer

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Weighing Pros & Cons: DIY vs Hiring a Custom Lighting Designer  When starting a new project, deciding if your business will hire a custom lightguide designer or design it in-house is an important (and often daunting) decision. There are potential advantages and drawbacks to either choice, so take the time to investigate which may be the better route for your unique situation. We’ve compiled a list of pros and cons to help you as you begin evaluating your options. In House DIY Pros & Cons PROS Affordability: By keeping everything...

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Product Design Engineer’s Guide to Customized Lightguide Solutions

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Product Design Engineer’s Guide to Customized Lightguide Solutions Developing a high quality, efficient, and effective custom lightguide requires quite a bit of skill and knowhow. It’s something that the dozens of in house engineers at Global Lighting Technologies specialize in. Here, let’s look at some of the key factors that a product design engineer should know about when getting started with customized lightguide solutions. Space One of the key design components that is sometimes overlooked but is crucial to keep in mind is...

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6 Helpful Resources When Building an LED Lightpipe

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6 Helpful Resources When Building an LED Lightpipe For anyone looking to construct their own LED lightpipe for a custom application, it’s important to have some helpful information on hand. The right resources can be the difference between a successful project and one that ends in frustration. Here is a collection of some helpful resources for building an LED lightpipe and getting started on the right path. Fictiv/HWG Lightpipe Examples: This is a great introductory guide for the DIY enthusiast. See pictures of real projects, learn...

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5 Creative Ways to Illuminate a Plastic Overlay

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5 Creative Ways to Illuminate a Plastic Overlay With the right technology and skilled engineers on hand to design and execute an idea and utilize those capabilities, there are more ways than ever to produce stunning, creative lighting solutions. This includes the illumination of plastic overlays. Let’s look at five great ways to illuminate a plastic overlay for a superior custom lightguide solution. 1. Direct Fire LEDs Use a circuit board with multiple LEDs populated in an array behind the illumination area. When spaced properly, uniformity...

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How to Purchase Optical Design Software Without Breaking the Bank

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How to Purchase Optical Design Software without Breaking the Bank For companies looking to develop a lightguide solution entirely in-house, one of the largest expenses is optical design software. It is something you likely do not already have, and most businesses are often surprised at how pricey these programs are. Is there a way to avoid breaking the bank while buying optical design software? Is there a way to save money when designing custom lightguide solutions? First start by considering if it is even worthwhile to purchase this software...

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The 5 Best Things About OLEDs (And 5 of the Worst!)

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The 5 Best Things About OLEDs (And 5 of the Worst!) Are OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) the right choice for your custom lightguide solution? As with any consideration, there are both advantages and potential disadvantages. Global Lighting Technologies has a great deal of experience reviewing OLEDs, and here, we’re sharing some of that expertise to showcase the best, and yes, the worst, side of this technology. Five Great Benefits to OLEDs Contrast Ratio: OLEDs are able to produce a far greater contrast ratio than traditional LED...

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