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The Definitive Guide to Illumination Vocabulary

The lighting industry is full of terms, phrases and lingo that isn't easy to understand, even for seasoned professionals. Here's our guide to help you understand and translate lighting terminology.

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Global Lighting, a Design Partner for Your LED Lightguide Projects

Knowing when to utilize a design partner in a development project allows you to get the product to market quickly with superior performance.

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Reducing Time-to-Market

Reducing Time-to-Market is a critical step in your success. Learn what you can do to help reduce the time between concept to market and start profiting sooner.


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The Top Trends at Display Week 2019

Display technology isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In fact, SID Display Week 2019 proved that display design remains at the very top of the priority list for a variety of markets.

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Four Things You Need to Know About Ring Light Guides

An introduction to illuminating circular applications.

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Selective Illumination in Action

Discover the power of selective illumination.


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The Connection Between Color and Light

Our team shares fun facts about the relationship between color and light.

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Light Guide Vs. Light Pipe: What’s the Difference?

Discover the important differences between light guides and light pipes.

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Five Reasons to Produce a Prototype

As you consider new ideas and approaches for your products, prototyping gives you a way to test a physical model against your lighting goals and requirements.


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Lighting Success: How to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Illumination System

Several factors influence the success or failure of an illumination system, but there are three common metrics that help project engineers determine its impact.

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The Case for Selective Illumination

Through selective illumination, GLT leverages special light-blocking properties to reduce light bleed and improve user feedback.

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Illumination Project Milestones: Understanding the Key Steps of the Process

Whether you need to enhance an existing lighting application or build a new one from scratch, it’s important to work with an illumination partner that offers strong project management capabilities.


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The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Light

Brett Shriver, vice president of sales, shares his thoughts on the top five things you need to know about light. 

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Special Effects: Customizing Your Light Guide for Optimal Performance

While light guides seem fairly basic, there’s a lot more optical design and customization that goes into developing the right light guide solution for you.

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Four Ways to Fix Backlight Bleed on Overlays

Backlight bleed interferes with the quality of graphic overlays. Here's how we've enhanced our light guide technology to reduce the negative effects.


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Ready, Touch, Glow: Accelerating Capacitive Touch Design in Cars

As more and more automakers implement capacitive touch screens, Global Lighting Technologies has enhanced our light guide technology to feature improved sensory feedback.

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Moving Light to the Front: Opportunities Ahead for Frontlit Displays

While backlit LCD displays have been the norm for some time, frontlit displays are making their mark on a variety of industries and applications like e-readers. As we look to the future, here are some more opportunities for this technology to shine.

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Now Trending: LED Lighting within Automotive Interiors

As LEDs become the new norm outside of vehicles, helping us avoid those dreaded fender benders, several automakers are beginning to see the value for car interiors, too. While the exterior is all about brand image, the interior is all about the ultimate purchasing factor: Brand experience.


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Get Ultra-Thin with Tapered Light Guides

Tapered light guides are particularly fitting for applications with limited mechanical space. Define what this new technology is, how to use it, and why it's better than the other options on the market.

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How to Expedite Your Lighting Project

Seven Ways to Increase Project Efficiency and Overcome Delays The lighting project schedule – outlining key roles, responsibilities and timelines – for a custom order LED product is an extremely helpful tool…until it’s not. No matter how robust the project plan is, reality has a way of creeping in to debilitate lead times. The causes […]

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3 of the Best Decorative Overlays We Saw in 2016

3 of the Best Decorative Overlays We Saw in 2016 In 2016, we saw many technologies, like hoverboards, virtual reality headsets and drones of every kind emerge. Yet, only a few of the year’s best tapped into the look that decorative overlays provide. The following products are some of our favorite selections. Faraday Future: FF […]


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Inside Look: Custom Decorative Overlays

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 […]

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How to Find the Best Custom Lighting Supplier for Your Project

How to Find the Best Custom Lighting Supplier for Your Project 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 […]

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

If you're looking to decrease the assembly space required for your illumination system, you're not alone. Many of our customers experience the same dilemma, and there are a variety of ways you can go about achieving your goal.


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4 Smart Moves to Reduce Power without Sacrificing LED Brightness

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Product Design Engineer’s Guide to Customized Lightguide Solutions

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 […]


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6 Helpful Resources When Building an LED Lightpipe

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 […]

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5 Creative Ways to Illuminate a Plastic Overlay

With the right technology and skilled engineers, there are many ways to develop stunning, well-lit plastic overlays. Here are five innovative ways to enhance your product through our custom light guide solutions.

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How to Purchase Optical Design Software Without Breaking the Bank

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 […]


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

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 […]

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How Much Will A Custom Lightguide Solution Cost?

How Much Will A Custom Lightguide Solution Cost? When developing a custom lightguide solution, there are many different factors to consider along the way, and likely many questions and concerns you’ll want addressed. Beyond the specifics of the product itself, one of the largest concerns is, of course, the cost. Determining the overall cost of […]

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5 Must-Know Secrets to Creating Uniform LED Illumination

There are many factors that influence the success of your new illumination system. Power and efficiency of the light source, as well as the size of the display, are always top priorities for many customers. However, one area that is often overlooked, yet extremely impactful on end results, is light uniformity.


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5 Rules for Designing a Uniform LCD Backlight

5 Rules for Designing a Uniform LCD Backlight How can the best results be seen and experienced in terms of the creation of a uniform LCD backlight? It’s all up to the capabilities, technology and knowhow of the manufacturer. Before getting started on a project for custom LED overlays and other custom lighting solutions where […]

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What’s Your Process for Developing a Custom Lightguide Solution?

What’s Your Process for Developing a Custom Lightguide Solution? When you’re working with a custom lightguide manufacturer, you’re looking to develop a completely custom lightguide solution for your unique needs and applications. While every project may turn out differently, the overall process will follow a similar track. Let’s take a look at the process we […]

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7 Capabilities to Look for in a Lightguide Manufacturer

7 Capabilities to Look for in a Lightguide Manufacturer Before taking on a new project, it’s important to get a sense of the type of capabilities that a dependable lightguide manufacturer should be able to offer. All companies aren’t created equally, particularly when a custom lighting solution is needed. So it’s essential to find the […]


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Four Little Known Ways to Improve Illumination of Capacitive Touch Sensors

Four Little Known Ways to Improve Illumination with Capacitive Touch As capacitive touch moves into an increasing number of products, it’s essential to understand more about how they work. These sensors aren’t just on smart phones or tablets any longer. They can now be seen on many other types of electronics, automotive instruments, and even […]

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4 Key Points to Remember About Custom Overlays for LED illumination

Four Key Points to Remember About Custom Overlays for LED Illumination The brightness, quality, and consistency of visible light displayed via any screen or surface is dependent on a number of variables. These include power and efficiency of the entire LED system, design of the lightguide use, as well as the design of the overlay […]

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Why & How to Instantly Minimize LEDs Without Losing Product Quality

Why & How to Instantly Minimize LEDs Without Losing Product Quality There are many ways to keep costs down while designing and manufacturing a product without negatively impacting the final quality. In fact, when done properly, many steps towards efficiency can actually lead to superior end results. Let’s discuss some reasons why minimizing the number […]


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Lightpipe vs. Lightguide vs. Light Diffuser: The 411 On Their Essential Differences

Lightpipe vs. Lightguide vs. Light Diffuser: The 411 on Their Essential Differences There are many similar phrases and terms used across the fields of backlighting, illumination, and similar technologies. This has created some confusion along the way, which can make it difficult to understand product options and their applications. It’s important to clear up any […]

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What Should I Do If The Cost of a Custom Lightguide Solution is Too High?

What Should I Do If the Cost of a Custom Lightguide Solution is Too High? There are many factors that affect the final price tag of a custom lightguide solution. For some businesses, the initial cost comes as a surprise, as it was more than they initially anticipated or seems like it’s out of reach […]

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Four Keys to Controlling LCD Backlight Brightness

Four Keys to Controlling LCD Backlight Brightness The brightness of an LCD backlight depends on a number of different variables. In order to get the best result, and optimize the lighting and display for the intended application , it’s important to understand more about each factor and how they make an impact. Let’s take a […]


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Okay, But Can You Do This?

Okay, But Can You Do This? At Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), we pride ourselves on the versatility of our products and solutions, and the breadth of our capabilities and services. It’s one of the many ways in which we’ve been able to become a worldwide leader over the course of the past almost 20 years. […]

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

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

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What If I’m Looking for an Off-the-Shelf Lightguide Solution?

What If I’m Looking for an Off-the-Shelf Lightguide Solution At Global Lighting Technologies, we often hear from prospective customers who are looking for an off-the-shelf solution. Unfortunately, that’s not what we provide here. We do more for our clients by developing innovative, custom lightguide solutions, carefully designed and manufactured specifically to a client’s needs, and […]


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GLT’s Ring Light Brings New Appeal and Functionality to Automotive And Other Lighting Applications

  Custom Ring Lights GLT’s Ring Light Brings New Appeal and Functionality to Lighting Applications The new ring light from Global Lighting Technologies is a bright and uniform circle of LED illumination that lends a special look and appeal to lighting applications and more. It uses as few as one LED, can be produced in […]

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GLT Offers LED-Based Lightguides For Wearables Applications

Wearable technology includes devices such as glasses, headwear, shoes, wrist-worn devices and any other electronic enabled device that can be worn. The wearables market is expected to grow to over $70 billion by 2025, with large segments in healthcare, fitness, fashion, industrial, commercial and military applications. As this market continues to develop and expand at […]

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Global Lighting Technologies Opens New Green, Super-Efficient Manufacturing Facility for Lightguides

In order to support sustained growth, Global Lighting Technologies, a leader in LED based edge-lit lightguide technology, has completed construction on a fifth manufacturing facility. Located within a newly built Science Park in Tongluo, Taiwan, it will open for production in September 2016. The new facility was developed as a Green Building and includes new fully automatic […]


Tongluo Plant

Tongluo Plant This new facility was developed as a Green Building and includes new fully automatic equipment to allow GLT to go from pellet to pallet without operator involvement.  These are the most efficient extrusion lines ever employed by GLT for production and are capable of producing light guides up to 80″ diagonal.  The additional capacity will […]

Global Lighting Technology opens new manufacturing facility

Global Lighting Technology opens new manufacturing facility In order to support sustained growth, Global Lighting Technologies, a leader in LED based edge-lit lightguide technology, has completed construction on a fifth manufacturing facility.  This new facility is located within a newly built Science Park in Tongluo Taiwan. This new facility was developed as a Green Building and […]

Unique LED-Based Edge Lighting for Automotive

Unique LED-Based Edge Lighting for Automotive Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) Inc. offers new and original illumination solutions utilizing its LED-based lightguide technology. GLT’s edge-lighting technology couples the light of LEDs placed along one or more edges of a thin lightguide in order to deliver the light precisely where needed, providing bright, uniform light in a thinner form factor with more efficient light […]


Bi-Directional LED Light Guides

New LED Light Guides From GLT Emit Light From Both Top And Bottom Surface With Custom Distribution Profiles Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), the world leader in edge-lit, LED-based light guides for general illumination, has introduced a new light guide that produces distinct customized emission patterns of light from the top and bottom surface. This enables […]

Non-linear Curved Light Guides

Non-linear Curved Light Guides From GLT Increase Flexibility For More Complex Light Guide Designs Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), the world leader in edge-lit, LED-based light guides, has increased their capabilities to include non-linear curved light extraction technologies, enabling the design of more complex light guides. These non-linear light guides can be integrated into a variety […]

4″ x 4″ LED Light Guide

NEW 4” x 4” LED LIGHT GUIDE FROM GLT OFFERS SUPERIOR SOLUTION TO OLED PANELS FOR RANGE OF APPLICATIONS Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), the world leader in edge-lit, LED-based light guides for general illumination, has introduced a new 4” x 4” LED-based light guide developed to demonstrate its higher efficiency, better durability, longer life, and […]


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Latest News PUBLICATION Date  TOPIC  LIVE LINK SCAN LEDs Magazine 2015 LEDs Suppliers Directory (Print) 1-15  Company Listing in Company Directory, Emergency & Security Lighting, Indoor: Recessed Downlights, Indoor: Under- Cabinet Lighting & Backlight Units (BLUS) & Components for LCDs  PDF PUBLICATION Date  TOPIC  LIVE LINK SCAN Electronic Products (Print) 12-14  Brett Shriver participation in […]

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Global Lighting technologies offering new range of LED-based edge-lit illumination solutions

Brecksville, OH, February 2010 – Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), Inc., developer of the world’s most efficient LED-based display backlights, is continuing its technological progress with a new range of LED-based edge-lit illumination solutions to expand its offerings beyond LCDs, keyboards and keypads and into areas of egress lighting and general illumination. “Edge-lit LED illumination has […]

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Ceiling Lighting

GLT’s Light Extraction Technology Ensures Superior Output and UniformityNo Need for Secondary Lenses or Formed Reflectors to Hide Light Source Greater Energy Efficiency Edge-Lighting Enables Thinnest Solution Available Exceptional Lighting Control (Color, Dimming) Longer Life & More Cost Effective “Green Illumination” — no Mercury Superior Color, Dimming No Direct Light Source to Hide High-Efficiency / […]

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Illumination of Capacitive Touch Sensors

Global Lighting Technologies Inc. is the world leader in new and innovative solutions for high-efficiency LED-based lightguides.

Custom Backlighting Solutions & Capabilities Global Lighting Technologies Inc. is the world leader in new and innovative solutions for high-efficiency LED edge lit lightguides. Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), Inc. was founded in 2000 to develop LED-based edge lighting technology for the latest generation of flat panel displays. Today, GLT is developing new backlighting solutions and […]