Benefits of LED Lighting for Trade Show Displays

December 18th, 2015

led light bulbThere are many options for adding lighting to your custom exhibits. Each choice has its own unique features, and the one you select will depend on your display needs. However, for trade show displays, LED lighting is easily one of the most popular and versatile options. This type of lighting has quickly become a multi-billion dollar industry due to the advantages it offers over incandescent lights. For exhibitors, they offer a bright, energy efficient, cost-effective way to light up the exhibit. Following are just a few of the benefits that LED lighting provides for trade show displays.

Long Life

LED lights last about 100 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. This means that an LED light can run continuously for up to 11 years before needing to be replaced. If you use it for just 8 hours a day, you can expect your light to last about 20 years. This exceptionally long life means that light replacement only happens rarely, allowing you to enjoy dependable light for many years.

This long life is ideal for a trade show exhibit because it means that you almost never need to replace your LED bulbs. As a result, you do not have to worry about your lighting failing partway through the show. In addition, even if an LED light begins to wear down, it gradually becomes dimmer, instead of just turning off altogether. The result is an extremely long-lasting and reliable type of light for your trade show display.

Energy Efficiency

In addition to their long life, LEDs are extremely energy efficient. This means that they waste less energy than do more traditional forms of lighting. For instance, incandescent bulbs only use about 20 percent of the energy they produce to create light. The other 80 percent is lost (usually in the form of heat). In contrast, LED lights use 80 percent of the energy they produce, and lose only 20 percent of their energy to heat.

This more productive use of energy means that LED lights will cost you less money in the long run, be better for the environment, and produce a cooler light than do incandescent bulbs. All of these features make LED lights a smart choice for many trade show displays, as exhibitors try to cut down on expenses related to their exhibit and avoid hot lights that can burn visitors.

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Cost Effectiveness

As mentioned above, LED lights tend to lower your electrical bill thanks to their more efficient use of energy. Because they use more of the energy they produce to make light, they need to draw less electricity overall to meet your lighting needs. In addition, LED lights are cost effective because they rarely need to be replaced. Because they save you money in two ways, LED lights tend to be much easier on the budget than are incandescent lights.

The budget-friendly nature of LED lights is one of the reasons that they have become so popular among trade show exhibitors. They allow you to achieve the type of lighting you need for a compelling display while keeping your display costs to a minimum. Such economical results are ideal for companies seeking to create a successful display on a tight budget.

Environmental Friendliness

In addition to their long life, energy efficiency, and cost effectiveness, LED lights are good for the environment. For instance, they contain none of the mercury that is sometimes present in other types of lighting. Each LED bulb, because it lasts so long, also replaces up to 25 incandescent bulbs. This means that it saves on the materials it takes to produce these bulbs. Finally, each LED light is recyclable, meaning that its materials can be reused once it is worn out. As a result, choosing LED lights can be a way for your business to cut down on its carbon footprint while achieving the type of eye-catching display you need.

Low Heat Output

LED lights are also a good choice for trade show displays because they produce less heat than do many other types of lighting. As mentioned above, their energy efficiency allows them to produce only 20 percent of their energy as heat. Compared to the 80 percent of energy that incandescent bulbs convert into heat, this is a very low number, and results in a very cool light.

When it comes to your trade show display, cooler lights are preferable, especially for lighting close to your booth visitors. You want to avoid the chance that visitors will bump your lighting and get burned. By using LEDs, you can create a safer and more pleasant lighting experience for your booth visitors, without compromising the quality of your display.


Finally, LED lights are a good choice for trade show exhibits because they are versatile. For instance, this type of lighting comes in a wide range of colors so you can choose the ones that best suit your display. In addition, they can easily be arranged in different patterns to achieve the look you want. Finally, they can be used in rail lighting, as back lighting, and in many other areas of your display. The result is that you can use LED lights to create the type of breathtaking display that will set your trade show exhibit apart.

LED lighting is only one choice from among many for creating a compelling display. Your exhibit company should be able to provide you with your options and guide you regarding the best methods for your particular needs. However, the LED’s long life, energy efficiency, cost effectiveness, environmental friendliness, low heat output, and versatility make it a sound choice for at least some of your trade show display needs.