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

lighting for trade show wallslighting for trade show wallsAt $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 ParetiMobile 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 a problem getting all lights to look uniform, as you can see with our basic 10 x 10 startup gallery trade show display. Clamp on, low voltage, black $90

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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

lighting for trade show walls
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

lighting for trade show walls
Also 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 manufacturer defects.


Fixed straight arm display light with LED $46

lighting for trade show walls
If 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.

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

Taken from Pinterest, these DIY lamps are sure to impress and virtually indestructible! 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. It’s also nice to be able to control the type of lighting you have – warm, cool, or a preferred wattage to set the mood you want for your booth. Besides, it’s fun being creative!

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