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The DesignLED team has the Vision to see our amazing Light Tile Technology uniquely integrated into people’s lives, and to completely transform how we all illuminate, experience and impact our environment. 

Our hunger to challenge convention has been our motivation since 2004 and our Scottish heritage and culture of creativity, passion and innovation drive us forward every day.

We invite you to join us on our Mission to defy convention, and make sure we enjoy the journey together.

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We are DesignLED

Our Technology


Our internationally patented, award-winning technology platform enables us to shine high-quality light onto your valuable products or creations. We uniquely integrate LEDs into thin and mechanically flexible Light Tiles, without bulky secondary optics and no heatsinks. 

These Tiles can be easily integrated into, and onto temperature-sensitive materials and surfaces. Whether it’s directional lighting, backlighting or a completely customised lighting application you are considering, let our team help you guide light to exactly where you want it to be!

Light emitted by the LED is coupled into the light guide which traps it inside under the rules of Total Internal Reflection (TIR).

Custom surface optics enable the light to be extracted from the light guide in a user-defined manner, delivering custom beam angle distributions or custom spatial distributions across the light guide surface.

With transparency, mechanical flexibility and the ability to have different optics at different locations across a product, very complex lighting and display solutions can be delivered.

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Integrating customisable optics with LEDs, in this thin, flat and mechanically flexible form is the unique aspect of this technology. Some examples of single and double side Light Intensity Distributions are shown above, from very narrow, focused asymmetric beams to wider symmetric beams, also batwing like distributions are possible. The optics can also be configured to deliver high levels of surface uniformity for backlighting applications. This gives products the appearance of OLED, but at fraction of the cost and much higher performance metrics.

Technology features & benefits: 

  • Thin, flat, and flexible
  • Transparent
  • High optical efficiency
  • Up to 20,000 lumens per square metre
  • Easily customisable
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    Driving Vision News 2020

    DesignLED are looking forward to exhibiting at the DVN (Driving Vision News) Lighting Workshop in Munich, January 28-29th 2020. DVN is a global community of networked experts sharing information about lighting, driver assistance systems and car interior innovations. Topics to be explored at the conference include the new level of driver and passenger experience facilitated by ambient lighting, interior surface material trends and the latest technologies involved.

    We are excited to showcase our next generation automotive demonstrators, including examples of RBG, dynamic, edge to edge lighting solutions which will enable these new and future automotive interior experiences. Our CTO, Dr. James Gourlay, has been invited to do a special speaker session at the event.



    DesignLED in Japan

    DesignLED in Japan

    CEO Stuart Bain and CTO James Gourlay have just returned from Japan, where they were visiting automotive leaders in the region. They discussed how DesignLED technology (such as addressable RGB surfaces and integrated capacitive switches) can enable the accelerating market trends in interior lighting and facilitate new interior vehicle experiences.

    There was an excellent response in Japan to the core elements of the DesignLED value proposition for interior car lighting – end customer attraction, space and cost efficiency, and unique performance and quality.

    The team were also highly impressed with the regional Automotive sector knowledge and support received from DVN (Driving Vision News) in Tokyo and already the relationship with this expert network is proving invaluable.


    A Novel Application

    A Novel Application

    In a “slight detour” from our usual Automotive lighting activities, the design team were recently tasked with an unusual request, to create an illuminated ‘toast’ light tile, to celebrate special memories for our CFO’s parents’ anniversary. The team had fun creating this gift, which showcases the unique versatility of DesignLED technology: dynamic light, custom form factor and uniform “toast” area.


    PHENOmenon Photonics

    PHENOmenon Photonics

    DesignLED were delighted to attend the PHENOmenon consortium meeting in Würzburg, Germany, last week.

    PHENOmenon is a Horizon2020 Photonics project, to develop a revolutionary laser-based manufacturing process for custom holographic optostructures, through nonlinear photochemistry. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 780278. PHENOmenon project is an initiative of the Photonics Public Private Partnership.

    We've seen significant developments in the simulation of potential performance, together with developments in materials and processing. We look forward to the working with the consortium in 2020, in building demonstrators which offer potential future gains in performance across sectors like Automotive.

    (Image: PHENOmenon project)


    ISAL 2019

    Our CTO and founder Dr. James Gourlay BEng Ph.D. is in Darmstadt this week for the International Symposium of Automotive Lighting. Each year, ISAL is one of the largest and most dynamic international exhibitions focused on automotive lighting. The symposium brings together international designers, engineers, scientists, and key players to discuss the latest research and developments in the industry, and promote a bright future for automotive lighting. Get in touch if you would like to meet James in Darmstadt, to hear about our latest breakthroughs!


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