The art of LED lights

Visual art has gone through many changes over the centuries. Photo: Flickr

WASHINGTON, August 28, 2013 — Fine art was once restricted to paintings on canvas and marble sculptures. But now it has transformed to present itself in many different mediums—from photographs and films to chalk pastel illustrations, to pottery, book sculptures and mixed media–the latter of which can now include nearly all substances or objects. 

Art has been made from recycled items, such as scrapped cars and old comic books, and can even be constructed on a computer. These days, art can be made by using anything as its medium. With the growing spectrum of art and today’s technology, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that artists have even started to use light in their creations.


There are many types of light available to artists for their work. Some examples include sunlight, neon lights, lasers, and LED lights. The type of light these artists use depends on the illumination needed for the piece and the form of the artwork.

LED lights, though small, are extremely versatile. They are often used precisely because of their size, but can be used in large numbers to create amazing effects and designs. Their small size also means that they can be used to emphasize specific points on a given work of art.

LEDs can also be powered by small watch batteries, eliminating the need for complicated wiring. They come in a wide array of colors. Additionally, they last longer compared to other light bulbs, making them viable light sources even outside the world of art. Given the technology available today, their uses in art are only limited by the creativity of the artist.

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Here are some great examples of LED light art projects:

Cool Cats

Water Light Grafitti



Cathedral Art Installation

Nabano no Sato Theme Park in Japan


Makoto Tojiki




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