The fundamental job of a lighting fixture is to steer light as it leaves its source, typically using reflectors, diffusers or other mechanics. But when you consider LED applications in backlit and edgelit electronics displays, it opens the door to some radically different thinking.
The breakthrough came when engineers realized they could make a light panel act like a reflector, effectively combining two components into one. By molding complex patterns of tiny, computer-designed “prisms” into optical-grade acrylic, it became possible to redirect edgelit LED light with exceedingly high precision and accuracy. And WaveStream was born.