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Comparing LED dots and modules

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Most of us are all familiar with the environmental benefits of light emitting diode (LED) technology by now. LEDs can achieve unrivalled brightness without using much electricity, so they are a no-brainer over the outdated incandescent bulb or halogen lamp when it comes to choosing what type of light source to use. But they are also incredibly versatile and capable of creating all sorts of decorative visual effects, particularly when you choose products like LED dots and LED modules.

Of course, LED dots and LED modules are not the same thing, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses that make them more suited to different applications. You want to get the best possible look for your LED displays at events, so it is important to make the right choice.

In this article, we will compare LED dots and LED modules to help you make an informed decision about which would be a better fit for your needs. Click on one of the links below to jump to that section:

What are LED dots?

LED dots are a kind of LED module. They are single dot lights with narrow beam angles that can be arranged in sequence to create patterns of individual dot lights that work together to make a larger LED display. They are perfect for creating a 'spot' effect on almost any surface. They are often arranged into an LED matrix display in industrial and commercial signage or information boards. However, they are also useful for task lighting and other decorative applications.

You can order pre-fabricated LED dot displays, or you can install them yourself by drilling (the right size) holes in a surface and installing the LEDs. When you buy them this way, they come in a string of 50 lights. We sell 9mm and 12mm LED dots with a maximum spacing of 55-70mm for you to arrange as you wish.

These are low-voltage light sources available in a range of colours including white and RGB. Our LED dots have a 90° beam angle and are IP66 rated so are perfectly safe for outdoor lighting projects. This narrow beam angle keeps every LED dot individually visible, creating that iconic dot effect that has become so familiar. The expected lifespan is 30,000 hours—another fantastic advantage of LED lighting.

What are LED modules?

Simply put, an LED module is a device containing several LED bulbs that are all connected to a single power source. They are excellent for things like signage and channel lettering but have also found a great range of other applications. A popular use is mood lighting in poorly lit areas; they make excellent night lights or strip lighting on patios, in bathrooms or just about anywhere else you want.

Our LED modules come in standard, small or large sizes. Versatility and durability are their key benefits, and they should be your go-to for beautiful illumination displays in channel lettering, signage and much more.

Their application for back-lit signage may be particularly appealing for your events, and our range of LED modules has you covered. The ROCK4 Module in pure white is a great choice if you want to illuminate a lightbox for signage. It has an ultra-wide 175° beam angle and 3:1 lens, so you only need nine modules to illuminate a 1msq lightbox. The ROCK4 is also dimmable and IP67-rated for external use.

Choosing the right LED for your lighting project

The spot effect of an LED dot matrix arrangement creates a pleasing display which can convey warnings and other information. The DOT12RGB LED Dot, for example, gives you the ability to control the full spectrum of colour for different effects. When used in lighting for events such as weddings, this can help transform an atmosphere from day to night.

LED modules, on the other hand, are far more suitable for mood and accent lighting, lightboxes and built-up channel letters. With a little creativity and the right module choice, you can muster up some unforgettable displays for visitors to enjoy. In hospitality settings, the QU3 LED Module in warm white would provide a cosy and welcoming feel.

Whichever option you choose, you get all the benefits of LED technology. This means superb brightness and energy efficiency, outstanding durability and a long lifespan of up to 30,000 hours. In addition to this, you get the ability to apply your LED dots or modules in your own way to create unique lighting displays at home, around the office or at your next event.

Frequently asked questions

What type of LED lighting is best for creating dynamic displays?

LED dots such as the DOT12 are better suited to creating more dynamic displays because you can arrange the dots as you like and they will work in tandem to create a larger image.

What type of LED lighting is best for channel letters and lightboxes?

This is where LED modules such as the ROCK1 are the best choice.

Can I use LED dots and modules on any kind of surface?

No—please check the maximum surface depth to ensure you are choosing the right option for your existing surface.

How do I choose the right power source for my LED lighting?

As strings of LED dots and LED modules are all powered by a single power source, you should check the voltage requirements for your chosen product to ensure you can power it.

Are there maximum spacing requirements for LED dots?

Yes, as they are all connected like a string of bulbs, the LED dots have a maximum spacing that is listed in their specifications. For our 9mm dots, the maximum spacing is 55mm; for our 12mm dots, the maximum spacing is 70mm.