Why Is the Lead Time for My Custom Lightguide Solution So Long?

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017

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Project Timeline for Custom Light Guide Designs

One question we hear from time to time while developing a custom lightguide solution for a new client is, “why is the lead time so long?” Understandably, all businesses want to move ahead with their projects and plans as quickly as possible to meet their own internal goals and needs. There are a variety of factors that may impact lead time and project completion, so it’s worthwhile to take a look at what may be happening, and why.

In-House vs. External

Many businesses are used to handling all of their projects in house. That is, until a specific piece of technology, or specific capability, needs to be sought out elsewhere. This changes the way a project is completed.

Working with an external partner is, in most instances, going to take more time. Global Lighting Technologies stands out from the crowd thanks to our on-demand support staff, and our experienced engineering team, including a dedicated engineer and point of contact for your project. Even so, the back and forth logistics of communication can still take longer than they would if everything was in house.


There’s also the matter of co-developing your project and its design. The engineers or design staff on your team may have a concept that in practice doesn’t mesh perfectly with what our engineers know is possible and will produce the best result. Once again, it’s simply a matter of handling the back and forth communication and interaction, which may be slightly more time consuming than a project handled entirely from within a company.


That said, it’s never wise to rush to complete a project, and we take great care to ensure the highest quality results. We’re able to deliver that to our clients thanks to our expert team, our cutting-edge technology and manufacturing capabilities, and our innovative approach to developing each client an on-target, custom lightguide solution.

We also strive to be as flexible as possible to meet the unique needs and challenges of every client. The best way to move ahead then is to get on the same page in terms of scheduling at the start of a project.

Simply let us know what your current schedule is, and we can look at our own scheduling to verify if there are opportunities to expedite your project based on our current workload. Send us an online message to get started, or give us a call at 440-922-4584 and we’ll be happy to take a look at what type of scheduling is possible for your custom lightguide solution.

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Let’s see how GLT can help make it a reality.

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