KingOrnan Lighting Academy Series Article 2: Miniaturization of Lighting Fixtures

Welcome back to Kingornan Lighting Academy. In our previous session, we delved into the concept of full-spectrum lighting, and by now, everyone should have a thorough understanding of it. Full-spectrum lighting is essentially our simulation of the solar spectrum. I have simplified and contextualized these concepts to help you communicate with customers more effectively and confidently. You can present these ideas through data, visuals, and scenarios to facilitate more effective communication during the sales process.

Feel free to review the previous articles repeatedly, transforming them into your own speaking and sales scripts for better customer communication.

Today, we will discuss a new topic—miniaturization of lighting fixtures.

KingOrnan Lighting Academy Series Article 2: Miniaturization of Lighting Fixtures

Definition and Origin of Miniaturization of Lighting Fixtures

Have you heard of lighting fixture miniaturization? This term was actually introduced about five years ago. So, what exactly is miniaturization of lighting fixtures? What are its development trends and applications? Is it more advantageous or disadvantageous? How is it applied? These are questions you might be interested in.

Current Situation and Challenges of Lighting Fixture Miniaturization

Currently, there are lighting fixtures with various cut sizes on the market, ranging from 25mm to 150mm or even larger. So, what size qualifies as miniaturization? What problems can miniaturization solve? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

We need to learn to explain to customers what miniaturization of lighting fixtures is. For example, how many watts can a 25mm light produce? Have you ever thought about this? Generally, a 25mm light can produce 1-3 watts. What about 35mm? 45mm? 55mm?

Application Scenarios of Miniaturized Lighting Fixtures

In many cases, we need to have some understanding of lighting fixtures. For example, in main spaces like dining tables, living rooms, and bedrooms, it is not recommended to use very small lights. Small lights are suitable for use on the coffee table in the living room, a specific focal area, or the sofa background wall, TV background wall, etc.

Miniaturized lighting fixtures have difficulty achieving higher power and have small light output. Their effectiveness in space lighting is not very good. Additionally, the smaller the fixture, the harder it is to manufacture the lenses, and not every company can produce the necessary chips. This poses a significant production challenge.

What is Lighting Fixture Miniaturization?

Miniaturization of lighting fixtures is not simply about reducing the size of the fixtures but about designing small fixtures in a way that achieves optimal lighting effects. It emphasizes using small-sized fixtures to achieve specific lighting effects in specific environments and needs, rather than merely pursuing smaller sizes. For example, a grille light is essentially a miniaturized light—it combines several small lights into one fixture. It is not about thinking that a 25mm or 35mm light is miniaturized by definition; it is about using combinations of lights effectively.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Miniaturized Lighting Fixtures

Miniaturized lights have obvious advantages, such as good anti-glare effects, a delicate and beautiful appearance, and higher customer acceptance, making the overall space more aesthetically pleasing. However, miniaturized lights also have significant disadvantages. First, it is difficult to increase their brightness; they have low power, small light output, and small light spots, making them suitable only for single-point lighting, not for large-area lighting.

Lighting can be categorized into general lighting, accent lighting, and Task lighting(scenario lighting, ambient lighting, and primary space lighting). It is crucial to understand which types of lighting miniaturized fixtures are suitable for and which they are not. For example, miniaturized lighting fixtures often require multiple lights to be used together as a single unit, which can cause severe shadowing. Have you ever tried turning on miniaturized lights at home and noticed many shadows when you place your hand under the light? This issue is particularly evident in educational spaces (such as where children do their homework) and on dining tables. If miniaturized lighting fixtures are used in these areas, they can create significant shadowing, affecting visual health and causing considerable harm to the eyes.

It is essential to understand the application of miniaturized lights. For instance, using a 35mm light at the entrance might not sufficiently illuminate the space because the light output is too small, even if the beam angle is wide, the light will not spread adequately.

Application Suggestions for Miniaturized Lighting Fixtures

The concept of miniaturization in lighting fixtures was introduced as a sales term many years ago. Although miniaturized lights have aesthetic advantages, their brightness is difficult to increase, their power is low, and their light output is small, requiring combinations of multiple fixtures. Generally, three, five, or ten miniaturized lights need to be combined to achieve the ideal lighting effect, but this can create severe double shadows. Therefore, miniaturised luminaires are recommended mainly for flat lighting.

Difference Between Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Lighting

Our lighting can be two-dimensional or three-dimensional. Two-dimensional lighting refers to planar lighting, such as sofa background walls and TV background walls. Three-dimensional lighting refers to spatial lighting, such as dining tables and living room sofas.

I do not recommend using miniaturized lights in three-dimensional lighting spaces. For two-dimensional spaces, miniaturized lights, linear lights, or small cut size combination lights are acceptable. In two-dimensional spaces, the light disperses on the plane, so shadows are not as severe, and the shadows are not noticeable as we do not linger. However, in three-dimensional spaces, avoid using or minimize the use of small cut size combination lights or small grille lights, as they create extensive shadowing. This is especially problematic in study areas, where excessive shadows can strain the eyes, leading to astigmatism, myopia, or other vision problems.

However, single miniaturized lights, if used properly, can be effective in special ambiance and accent lighting, such as in bedroom ambiance lighting or wine cabinet ambiance lighting. They are not recommended for spaces requiring uniform large-area lighting.

Experimental Task

Today’s experiment for everyone: Compare miniaturized lighting fixtures (such as 25mm, 35mm, and 45mm cut size spotlights) with 75mm cut size downlights. Observe their light patterns, light output effects, and the overall lighting effects they achieve. I encourage everyone to conduct these experiments personally to understand the differences. Use various lighting techniques like wiping, washing, and spotlighting to compare the different effects presented by these fixtures.


I hope this article helps you understand what lighting fixture miniaturization is and its suitable application scenarios. Miniaturized lights have advantages such as good anti-glare effects and a delicate appearance, but their low power and brightness and tendency to create shadows require careful consideration, especially in three-dimensional spaces.

I hope you can better understand and apply this lighting knowledge in your future work, creating a healthier and more comfortable living environment.If you need to purchase lighting fixtures or for renovation purposes, Kingornan‘s various series of commercial lighting fixtures are your ideal choice.

Please leave your comments and interact with the article. Your feedback and likes motivate me to share knowledge. I will read and try to respond to your questions and discussions. In the next issue, we will explain what “seeing the light but not the fixture” means. Stay tuned.


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