LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Grote Industries displayed today for the first time a line of paper-thin, flexible LED strips the company says are 98% smaller than traditional LEDs.
The new LightForm strips are less than 1 mm thick and are fully-flexible so they can be wrapped around corners. The peel-and-stick design allows for easy installation and strips can be cut to length using a pair of scissors.
Grote showcased a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes to the trade press here during a press conference. The launch coincides with the 20th anniversary of Grote’s first LED marker lamp.
“LightForm is a game-changer that will dramatically alter the way the industry uses lighting, while challenging all of our imaginations in the process,” said Dominic Grote, vice-president of sales and marketing. “This is one of the most radically innovative lighting products to come along in decades.”
The company is also touting its LightForm line as an environmentally-friendly option, since it contains only 2% of the raw materials required for conventional LEDs. The lights have a wide range of applications on both the exterior and interior of vehicles.
“LightForm allows customers to create things inside the vehicle they’ve never been able to do before,” said Grote. “You can bend the lighting around corners, over contours and into complicated shapes.”
The LightForm products will be on the market by the end of the year, Grote said, adding prices will be “competitive” with current LED offerings.
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