Lighting fixtures represent one of the broadest classes of appliances in use today, covering a wide range of applications and industries. Within the last decade, one of the most significant changes in this class of appliances has been the lighting source itself. In the past, most fixtures were designed to handle either incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.
The increased use of LED-based lighting technologies, along with efforts to integrate lighting into exterior and interior design schemes, is leading to the creation of new fixture designs. This offers a major opportunity for design engineers to utilize a broad range of fastening and positioning technologies to enhance the functional performance and visual and ergonomic appeal of these devices.