LED Linear is a phrase we often hear in the realms of commercial interior design, but what exactly does it mean

and how do we use it? This article aims to ‘de-mystify’ commercial LED Linear lighting and give you an insight into how and where to use it, to

effortlessly turn cool offices into exceptional ones!

Firstly let’s talk about LEDs. An LED is short for ‘Light Emitting Diode’, which is a highly efficient long-lasting source of light which uses a

semiconductor to convert electricity into light. When a suitable voltage is applied to the leads, electrons are able to recombine with ‘electron holes’

within the device, releasing energy in the form of photons (light). The colour of the light is determined by the energy band of the semiconductor.

Right, that’s enough of the techy stuff, lets take a look at how the LED came to be.

The LED appeared as early on 1962, and were used as practical components in electric items, such as warning lights. The early LEDs were limited to low-

intensity infrared light such as those still used in remote controls, and do you remember those first LED watches with a black screen and red numbers

appeared when you pressed a button? The first visible light LEDs were also low intensity and limited to red, but modern LEDs are now available across the

visible, ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths and can be extremely bright.


LED Linear Lighting is simply the use of many ‘Light emitting diodes’ packaged together in

a long, narrow housing to create a strip of light. This simple concept revolutionised the way we light spaces.

Before the conception of LED Linear, lighting long commercial spaces such as offices, warehouses and retail situations was notoriously tricky. Such

spaces were lit with large, industrial incandescent bulbs. Linear lighting started evolving in the 1950s with fluorescent tubes, mainly used in industrial

spaces. By the 1970s this technology was being used in homes, garages and workshops, and retail spaces. This further created a need for lower cost, better-

looking fittings. Creating a continuous uninterrupted line of light wasn’t possible before LED because the fluorescent tubes had to stop and start leaving a

black or dark spot.