Best LED Lights for Showrooms and Retail Displays

Every showroom in today’s cutthroat retail environment must keep lighting costs to a minimum. 

To help clients achieve the best return on their investment, we have ranked the top 3 LED lights tested by experts that visited and consulted with multiple showrooms.

1. Philips Hue Bluetooth Smart Lightstrip Plus
  • Very bright

  • Easy to install

  • Can be quickly expanded

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2. Wyze Light Strip
  • Shines in up to 16 colors at once
  • Music, Sun Match, and Vacation modes
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Inexpensive

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3. Corsair iCUE Lighting Node
  • Bass that will levitate you and rattle your bones
  • Excellent build quality
  • You’ll quit before it does

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1. Philips Hue Bluetooth Smart Lightstrip Plus

Best LED Light Strips

What we like:
  • Very bright

  • Easy to install

  • Can be quickly expanded

Reason to avoid
  • Real value only when paired with Hue Bridge

  • Only whole strip changes color

Specifications
  • Lumens: 1,600
  • Color: Adjustable White and RGB
  • Wattage: 19 watts
  • Length: 6.7-feet
  • Extendable: Yes
  • Smart Home: Yes
  • Warranty: 2-year

Do you wish to brighten your life a little bit? At 1600 lumens, the Philips Hue strip produces a ton of it, and you get just over 6.5 feet of strip to work with. It can also be extended by up to 32 feet using Bluetooth extensions. The strips come with adhesive for simple installation, and you may trim them to the precise size you need for a location for added convenience. This kit’s special coating on the strip allows you to perceive a single brilliant light appearance rather than the individual bulbs, making it ideal for wrapping around walls in a game room or connecting to a TV stand. 

After you install the Philips Hue strip, you can use Bluetooth to control the lights with your smartphone or other smart home devices like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. There are many different light color options available as well; you can pick for a more subdued appearance with a variety of white light, including warm, orange-like white, and crisp white, or RGB light for some added excitement. For a comprehensive smart home setup, you can even add compatible light switches, bulbs, and more to your lighting arrangement. Because of this, it is simple to turn on the lights from any location, adjust their mood, or have them synchronized with your music or game.

2. Wyze Light Strip

Runner up

What we like:
  • Shines in up to 16 colors at once
  • Music, Sun Match, and Vacation modes
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Inexpensive
Reason to avoid
  • No animated light scenes (aside from Music mode)
  • Can’t combine multiple light strips
  • Light scenes can’t be triggered by Wyze rules or voice assistants
Specifications
  • LEDs: 150 (each color) 
  • Color: RGB 
  • Wattage: 24 watts 
  • Length: 16.4-feet 
  • Extendable: No 
  • Smart Home: Yes

The Wyze Light Strip is the way to go if you’re looking for a very economical light strip that’s packed with adaptability and control. This option features an integrated microphone to match with your music and lets you set color temperatures automatically dependent on the time of day. Additionally, you may manipulate and group strips using an app. The best part is that a 16.4-foot strip costs less than $20.

The Wyze Light Strip is the way to go if you’re looking for a very economical light strip that’s packed with adaptability and control. This option features an integrated microphone to match with your music and lets you set color temperatures automatically dependent on the time of day. Additionally, you may manipulate and group strips using an app. The best part is that a 16.4-foot strip costs less than $20.

3. Elgato Light Strip
What we like:
  • Excellent brightness and colour representation.
  • Build quality feels premium.
  • Control Centre app on both Android and PC is very intuitive.
Reason to avoid
  • Took an excessive amount of attempts to connect to the Control Centre app.
  • Expensive.
  • Only 2m, no extensions available currently.
  • For more than 2m you must buy multiple 2m strips with multiple power supplies to power each 2m strip (you’ll need lots of power outlets).
  • Wi-Fi 2.4GHz only, there is no Bluetooth support or physical controller.
Specifications
  • Lumens: 2,000
  • Color: RGBWW
  • Wattage: 30 watts
  • Length: 6.6-feet
  • Extendable: Yes
  • Smart Home: Yes

The Elgato Light Strip is over 6.5 feet long and extends up to 32 feet, providing 2000 lumens of light in both full RGB and white. Additionally, it is quite thin, can be customized in size, and has an incredibly strong adhesive, making it ideal for fitting in small spaces. Additionally, these LEDs are flicker-free for smooth footage if you’re concerned about distracting flickering throughout your showroom.

Why us LED's?

It can be difficult to decide when to switch lighting systems. But it is wise to make the move to LED right away for showroom or retail store lighting. Here are several justifications for using led lighting in showrooms:

Maintenance: You must budget time and money for the maintenance if you choose CFL or another type of lighting. In a busy season, nobody likes to call an electrician to replace a bulb. When you choose LED, there is a significant difference in the service life. Peace of mind comes with choosing LED illumination.

Environmental Factor: UV emission is a significant issue with conventional lighting methods. UV radiation from CFL and fluorescent tube lights can fade the colors of your priceless display items.

Heat Management: Managing heat is another challenge when using other lighting. Halogen spot lights will cause your air conditioner to work harder. As a consequence, each inefficient light produces heat.

Light islands: Keep in mind that not every square inch of your showroom needs to be fully lit. More lighting should be present in the front display, selection area, and trial area than in the entranceway, lobby, and waiting areas.

The CRI (Color Rendering Index):

The most undervalued feature of LED lighting is the color rendering index. CRI measures a light source’s ability to reproduce colors faithfully.

Your products may appear to be a different color and tone due to low CRI. Your customer can protest that the things aren’t the same hue as what you’ve displayed them.

Because most manufacturers employ CRIs of 70 or below, they rarely mention it. LED lighting in these settings needs to have a CRI of at least 80.

Color: Temperature

LED lights also place a premium on color. The majority of Chinese and budget brands offer cool blue and white LED lights (Over 6000K).

More light is produced at this color temperature, however it is of poor quality. If you desire the proper color temperature, 5500–6000K is the best range for all applications because it reproduces the same hues found in daylight or natural white light.

Warm white LEDs, however, might be necessary in specific locations and applications. It has a rich feel and is utilized in relaxing spaces.

Types (based on beam angle):

Which lighting design is ideal for a showroom? One should be aware of the distinction between spot and downlights. Different beam angles are needed for various purposes.

For lighting a vast space, a downlight should be utilized since it provides a more even distribution of light. Spot lights, on the other hand, should be utilized to highlight a particular region or show because of their restricted beam angle. Never fill a whole store with spot lights. 

It is possible to illuminate significant sale products with tiny 1W–3W spot lights. Spotlights are not necessary in a showroom with several little items, though. Instead, important interior areas might be highlighted with LED strip. A long-running display case’s ceiling can be decorated with LED strips. LED tube lights can also be used for increased brightness.

Dimming

It is also the most erroneously perceived aspect of LED lights. One could wonder, “Why do I need dimming?”

why not Dimming helps to save a lot of energy when there are no customers or little traffic. The use of on/off switches is reduced. Most crucially, clients must not suspect that supplies are running low.

Cost/ROI

Only a small portion of your overall spend is on lighting. Why not factor LED lights into your break-even point calculation? Compared to other investments, our LED lights can pay for themselves in 2–3 years.

Light Quantity

The amount of light relies on a number of variables, like your showroom’s location, the color of the walls, the ceiling height, etc. You may determine the total number of required led light fixtures using the light quantity calculator for showroom.