How LED Lighting is Changing the Face of Shop Design

Something is lighting up the retail industry – yes, you guessed it, LED technology!

From the innovative use of LED light panels to brighten dark spaces to trendy backlit point-of-sale counters, shop fitters, shop owners, and designers are catching on to the endless creative options to make their retail store and products they offer stand out from the crowd.

Here we explore what trends and technology in LED lighting are changing the way that your shop design can stand out.

LED Technology Stands Out on the High Street

With our high streets and large shopping centres crowded with retailers all vying to entice shoppers to enter their premises, traditional window dressing and visual merchandising isn’t always enough to increase footfall. Wise retail designers are asking sign makers to design shopfront signage that will catch the attention of passing shoppers right from the outset. And what better way to do this than with eye-catching illuminated signage. For example, Astrolux backlighting – one of our most popular concepts, is a backlighting solution which can be used to create the slimmest of signs. Comprised of thin LED strips which are flexible and can be bent for curved signage they are an ideal choice for savvy sign makers.

How LED Backlit Panels Transform Window Displays

And it’s not just signage that’s benefiting from LED lighting and display solutions. Window displays can make or break whether a consumer will enter a store. While fashions come and go, and the products displayed may not be to everyone’s taste – visual merchandisers can get a head start by making sure that their window is prominent with the use of LED light sheet behind their display. Rather than relying on expensive and dim uplighters, the use of innovative LED backlighting at the shop front means that products on display are seen clearly by passing shoppers.

LED design and store layout

There was a time when shop design was all about store layout – mapping a customer’s journey from becoming aware of the shop in the high street or a shopping mall, then using visual merchandising and the subconscious thought-processing of shoppers to work out the layout of products of interest to them.

Now, with an increasing range of LED lighting solutions, sign makers, shop designers and retail owners can fully take advantage of smart LED lighting technologies to showcase their wares in an entirely new light!

Clever use of backlit LED light boxes throughout stores lure shoppers to specific areas which were previously difficult to promote, such as inner corners and cluttered centres.

It’s well known that lighting affects consumer behaviour; for example, by varying the brightness levels around the retail floor shoppers are enticed to explore more and encouraged to stay longer.

LED Lighting and point-of-sale

The point-of-sale display is without a doubt the most important element of any retail store. Smart shop designers are making the best use of LED light panels to transform the look and feel of shop tills. Beautifully backlit displays and/or illuminated signage allow shoppers to identify easily where the tills are, while the careful use of lighting also allows any display items for last minute impulse purchases to be shown clearly. Addlux’s custom-made LED light sheet are used to make fully illuminated, stunning till designs, such as curved tills, gondolas, or custom shapes highlighting a brand.

LED and Cost Efficiency:

The obvious upside to using LED solutions within retail units is the energy efficiency when compared with traditional fluorescent, halogen and neon solutions. Further benefits are longer life-time, decreased maintenance, and easier disposal especially compared to florescent lighting. Reduced costs are the obvious benefit; on average a store using LED lighting solutions will see a decrease in costs of around 70% when compared to traditional lighting.

We are also in an age where consumers are increasingly looking for more than just their favoured brand products. CSR (Corporate social responsibility) is a major component of what brands stand for and reduction of carbon footprint goes beyond production methods. By switching to LED solutions, companies are both optimising the appearance of their stores and their products but also reducing CO2 emissions associated with more traditional lighting methods.

Find Out More

If you want to find out how Addlux can assist you with LED lighting and display solutions for your shop design, please get in touch. We are happy to discuss with you which of our products or services will best suit your needs and offer truly bespoke solutions not available elsewhere.

Definitions: An LED light sheet is a component used in the assembly of an LED light panel or an LED light box. It comprises an edge-lit acrylic light diffusion sheet with or without a reflector sheet (one- or two- sided light sheet). The light sheet is then assembled with a graphic or light diffusion panel to form an LED light panel or used in the construction of an LED light box.

Addlux supplies LED light sheets, light panels and light boxes to any specification and in any bespoke configuration.


Subtle, Exclusive, Glamour – Lighting supplied by Addlux

LED light panels with a feature pattern supplied by Addlux Limited are the backdrop for the fascinating contemporary decor of a recently opened Indian restaurant in Ruislip. A total of twenty-seven large RGBW light panels clad a wall, ceilings and the front of the bar counter in the restaurant, back-lighting an Asian style design manufactured in the laser-cut steel sheet. All panels synchronised to change to the same colour at the same time (Red, Green, Blue, or White). The light intensity and brightness were matched for all of the differently sized panels.

Addlux MD, Niels Fullerton-Batten, commented, ‘Considering the very public place into which they were to be seen night after night, that allowed no blemish or variation of light intensity and evenness combined with the size of the light sheet panels this was quite a challenging specification. We’re very happy that we succeeded and I have to give full credit to our technical and manufacturing teams’.

Addlux Limited is a high technology leader in LED lighting renowned especially for manufacturing the largest (4m x 1.6m and 3m x 2m) and thinnest (4mm and 5 mm) light sheet panels available on the market. The company also specialises in bespoke and prototype orders.

LED Light Box Timber Frame

Backlit Fine-Art Photography Comes of Age

We offer a number of LED backlit light box solutions for exhibition quality, framed fine-art photography with Duratrans-type transparencies. In combination with a diffusion panel Addlux high tech LED backlighting gives highest brightness and guarantees optimum evenness of lighting across the entire image, regardless of its size. LED lighting solutions are low energy and very little heat is generated. The benefits are low operating costs and no image deterioration with time.

Bespoke LED light boxes up to sizes of 4m x 1.6m or 3m x 2m are feasible. Any type of framing material can be used, ranging from metallic to wood and plastic.

Addlux LED technology opens new horizons for exhibiting fine-art photography.

Contact our technical sales for further details, either by phone, email or use the ‘call-back’ function on the our website.


Addlux Limited teamed with Perspex Distribution Limited

Addlux Limited has an agreement with Perspex Distribution Limited to offer their LED light sheet panels in the UK. This arrangement complements Perspex’s existing range of LED lighting, edge- and backlighting solutions.

Addlux LED light sheet panels are renowned for exceptionally high brightness and even illumination. They are available from thicknesses of an ultra-thin 4mm to 15mm, and in any size up to a maximum of 4m x 1.6m and 3m x 2m. LED colour temperatures are from 3000K to 6000K, and RGB. Shaped, curved, IP67 rated and higher brightness panels are made to customer specification.


Brighter Flexible LED Light Sheet Panels

Addlux high quality LED light sheet panels pioneered the technology of computer controlled graduated machining of v-cut grooves to form a grid matrix on the light diffusion sheet. These emblematic panels soon became recognised in the industry for having the best evenness of brightness across the entire panel surface, even up to the maximum sizes of 4m x 1.6m and 3m x 2m and for bespoke shapes offered by Addlux.

Grid and dot matrixAddlux Limited now announces panels with 25% improved brightness using LED light sources of identical energy levels. In this case, laser machining techniques are used to create a graduated micro-dot pattern on the light diffusion sheet.

The diagram illustrates the two main graduated matrix patterns employed on Addlux light diffusion panels (top: graduated grid matrix; bottom: graduated micro-dot matrix) and the location of LED strips for different panel dimensions and/or brightness levels.

Furthermore, the new micro-dot technology enables the production of 4 mm thick panels that are also flexible, enabling the construction of curved and cylindrical panels, totems, etc.

Niels Fullerton-Batten, MD of Addlux Limited, says ‘Technological innovation is our strength, both in the development of new automated manufacturing processes and the products that we produce. We are constantly striving both to produce the highest quality products and to reduce the manufacturing cost. We believe that this gives us and our customers a competitive edge in a very combative marketplace. In fact, I think we can claim with some justification to be currently the leaders in LED light sheet technology.’


BE INSPIRED – Bendable Light Panels

Addlux Bendable Light Panels are new on the market.

Our high technology enables us to supply both the largest and the thinnest light sheet panels.

Addlux ultra-thin panels not only take up less space but are flexible, and can be bent to form curved- and wave- shaped lighting, cylindrical totems, etc.

Contact us and request more details.


BE INSPIRED – Astrolux Backlighting

Astrolux LED backlighting strips can be used for retrofitting existing signage or constructing new super-slim LED light boxes.

Armed merely with a screwdriver you can assemble the components together within only a few minutes to construct a very cost-effective, efficient LED backlighting unit of unrestricted size and shape, double-sided too if you wish.

Simply put, Astrolux offers you the lowest cost, most versatile and practical LED backlighting solution for your illuminated signage available in the market today.


A Bright Future for Perspex Distribution and Addlux

Perspex Distribution Limited is to launch a new range of LED light sheet supplied exclusively by Addlux Limited at this year’s Sign and Digital UK show.  The Addlux light sheet panels complement the existing range of Perspex Distribution’s LED lighting solutions and offer customers plug-and-play solutions for lighting or backlighting applications – ideal for signage, point of sale,  digital displays, and lighting applications in general.

Based on state-of-the-art design and high technology manufacturing techniques the Addlux LED light sheet offers an unprecedented and unparalleled combination of high brightness and even illumination – even for curved panels. This is made possible by each panel featuring unique light diffusing patterns machined onto the acrylic light diffusion sheet. The pattern varies dependent on the size, shape and dimensions of the panel. Each LED light sheet is individually created to meet our customer’s highest quality requirements.

Addlux LED light sheet is available in thicknesses from an ultra-thin 3mm to 10mm and in panel sizes up to 4.8m x 2.7m. Rectangular, shaped and curved panels are manufactured to customer design and are available as standard for indoor use as also IP67 rated for outdoor use. Panels of standard and higher brightness levels are offered, as is a wider than normal range of LED colour temperatures, including cool white (5300K or 6000K), natural white (4000K), warm white (3000K), individual- and RGB multi-colour.

Perspex Distribution and Addlux will exhibit these products at this year’s Sign & Digital UK exhibition at the NEC from 24th to 26th April, 2015.

“We are really looking forward to demonstrating the great combination of Addlux LED light sheet and Perspex diffuser panels at the Sign & Digital Show” explains Craig Dodson, Director at Perspex Distribution, “By teaming up with Addlux our customers now benefit from easy access to what we believe to be the best quality LED light sheet panels available on the market, they will be a further valuable extension of our lighting range.”

Niels Fullerton-Batten, MD at Addlux said, “We are delighted to join forces with Perspex Distribution as our UK distributor for LED light sheet panels. We believe that our panels offer superior brightness and light distribution at competitive prices and will be further complemented by the range of Perspex diffuser panels on offer.  We will support Perspex with an expert technical service for their customers and short lead times; typically 3 – 5 working days. Our companies reinforce each other – exciting times are ahead for our joint customers.“