Best Lighting Solutions for your Portable Exhibit Walls

Here are our best lighting solutions for your portable exhibit walls

We’re often asked by customers which are the best lighting solutions for exhibits or trade show displays. There are many options, ranging from the inexpensive to wildly costly, so we’ve narrowed down our favorite, most affordable picks. If you’ve found a great solution you’d like to include, be sure to contact us at so we can include it here.

We think the best lighting solutions for portable exhibit walls must generally meet the following criteria:

  1. They must have or may use low voltage, LED bulbs.
  2. The must be easily moved, dismantled and be portable
  3. They must be rugged, highly rated or easily replaceable
  4. They must be affordable – preferably under $100

Drumroll please!  Here are our best picks for trade show and exhibit lighting

Least expensive and most convenient clamp on lighting – About 5 bucks.

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At $5.87 we had a hard time beating Mainstays LED Clip-On Lamp from (also generally available in stores as well as online). What’s nice about this lighting choice is that it’s convenient and inexpensive. We highly recommend this if you’re on a tight trade show budget or just starting a new gallery and need to watch costs. These lights are rugged LEDs
light things up rather well.

If they’recrushed in shipping or lost in between shows, there’s usually a Walmart nearby so you can easily find a replacement with little to no wait. The clamp works very well with Pareti Mobile Walls top channel area, as the clamp is tight and stays put. This light is also available in silver.

The downside to this style is the bendable arm. It can be very challenging to get all lights to look uniform. Clamp on, low voltage, black $90

This clamp on style light is available at and also features a bendable arm. The white version of this light is available with Amazon Prime. It accepts both halogen and LED bulbs, and features a 2″ clamp. (This has not been tested by Pareti.) Periscoping arm is steel. Clamp is heavy duty polycarbonate. Bi-pin socket is ceramic with silver plated contacts. Flexible arm allows a full range of vertical and horizontal orientation. Includes 2 inch clamp and 10′ cord with a class II 120V plug-in transformer (1 watt Min load to accommodate LED lamps). smooth and continuous dimming to 10% when installed with an electronic low voltage dimmer. Accepts one 12V LED Mr16 or halogen Mr16 lamp up to 50W Max (not included). standards: UL & cul listed for damp locations.


QUANS LED Clip on Gooseneck light in black $16.88

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This is a highly rated product on Amazon, with good reviews. At 12 oz., it is lightweight and offers a smaller clamp, making it ideal for Pareti Mobile Wall’s narrow cladding profile.

Highly Rated: More than 80% 4 star and 5 star reviews
Popular Item: Popular with customers shopping for “trade show lights”
Prime Delivery: Eligible for Prime free, fast delivery

Energy efficient 5W COB LED provides 500 Lumens brighter than 40W halogen bulbs. 50″ cable with US plug. Switch is 39″ from the plug.



Newhouse Lighting 3W Energy Efficient LED Clamp Light in Black $16

best lighting solutions for portable walls and trade showAlso available from Amazon Prime, the arm is adjustable and bendable. Nearly 900 reviews, with 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars. Provides non-flickering natural warm light. LED proves 300 Lumens and 3000K right warm color – lasts for 30,000 hours. LED never needs to be replaced. 1 year warranty against ma
nufacturer defects.





Fixed straight arm display light with LED $46

best lighting solutions for trade show displays and exhibitsIf a straight arm is what you prefer, this option may be for you. Halogen or LED bulbs may be used with this (though not included). Available from Amazon Prime, the clamp works with 1/2″ – 4″ wide surfaces, so a 1/4″ shim or block will likely be needed if used with Pareti’s walls. Comes with a 3-prong plug and 10 foot power cord.




CP1 Clamp-on Display Light by Tech Lighting $78 and up.

CP1 Clamp On Light LumensThis clamp-on light features a universal clamp which goes from 1/2″ to 4″, a telescoping arm which angles 180 degrees, and a 10-foot cord. Please note that the mesh backlight shield accessory shown in the photo is sold separately. Choose between 50W or 75W. Available on





Clamp on LED Display Light $102

This trade show exhibit display light comes in black or silver, and features an adjustable clamp, easy assembly, long cord, light weight, and LED (no heat generated if used for an extended period of time). $102 advertised on




Don’t want to mess with wires? Go battery operated with this LED picture light from Home Depot for $17

5″ D x 8.75″ W x 5.25″ HThe LPL602DBZ Picture Light allows you to illuminate paintings, diplomas and pictures in your home without seeing unpleasant wires. The independent, rotating light heads make it easy to adjust the light in the direction you need to ensure perfect coverage. This picture light features a built-in bubble level for easy installation and the energy-efficient LEDs will give you up to 20 hours of light on a single set of batteries. Operation is as simple as one touch of the On/Dim/Off switch, making this the perfect light for the home or office. Runs for 20 hours on 3 AA batteries (not included) Built-in bubble level simplifies installation Rotating heads enable light to be directed where needed. Learn more at

DIY Rustic clamp-on lighting about $40 for a set of 4

Taken from Pinterest, these DIY lamps are sure to impress! If you like a rustic look, here are some ideas using clamp on lights you can get from any hardware store. These lamps generally ship and pack well, and if a bulb is broken or the lamp is lost, they’re in expensive to replace. Besides, it’s fun being creative!

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