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Jan 22, 2024

FluidForming Brilliance: The Art of Sheet Metal Hydroforming in Custom Light Fixtures and Architectural Lighting.

Illuminating the world of interior design with custom lighting

In the world of interior design, lighting plays an illuminating role. Custom lighting fixtures can help set the ambiance and mood of a space. Interesting shapes and complex geometries can complement and enhance a designer’s vision. Unusual metals and prefinished metals can add color texture to a space.  

A trip to your local Home Depot or Lowes will yield plenty of lighting options but it’s unlikely you’ll be WOWed by any of them. Sure, there are plenty of off-the-shelf lighting options available but nothing compares to the uniqueness and character of custom-made, FluidFormed light fixtures.

Among the various techniques employed in crafting these bespoke pieces, FluidForming sheet metal hydroforming stands out as a versatile and artistic method. We work with lighting designers, experts in lighting, and architectural lighting professionals to create stunning, unique pieces.

In this blog, we take an enlightening peek into the art of precision sheet metal hydroforming and its application in creating stunning custom light fixtures that elevate any space.

The Beauty of Sheet Metal Hydroforming

Metal forming is an age-old process that involves forming metal sheets into intricate designs, sometimes by hand but more often using metal fabrication processes such as die stamping, metal spinning, forging, conventional bladder hydroforming, or FluidForming.

Of those, FluidForming hydroforming is the only metal forming process that can enable precision part production runs ranging from a singular custom light fixture or runs of up to 100,000 custom architectural lighting fixtures.

This technique allows interior designers and lighting designers the opportunity to create unique and personalized pieces that reflect the client's vision and the designer's creativity.

FluidForming’s unsurpassed ability to form parts with tight radii and complex geometries, coupled with our engineers’ ability to help optimize product design with finite element analysis, opens up a world of possibilities for crafting one-of-a-kind light fixtures.

Metals Of Choice For Custom Lighting:

Custom light fixtures benefit from the use of a variety of metals, each offering distinct characteristics and aesthetic benefits. Metals commonly used in metal forming custom light fixtures include:

  • Brass: Known for its warm, golden hue, brass adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to light fixtures. It is a popular choice for both traditional and modern designs.
  • Copper: With its reddish-brown tones, copper exudes warmth and richness. It develops a familiar patina – loved by many – over time, adding to the charm of the fixture.
  • Steel: Durable and versatile, steel is often chosen for its strength and ability to adopt various finishes. It is an excellent choice for contemporary and industrial designs.
  • Aluminum: Lightweight and corrosion-resistant, aluminum is favored for its modern aesthetic. It is often used in creating sleek and minimalist light fixtures.

Customization and Personalization of Architectural Lighting Fixtures.

One of the main advantages of FluidForming metal forming in light fixture design is the level of customization it allows. Designers can work closely with clients to understand their preferences, be it a specific shape, pattern, or size.

Whether it's a geometric pendant, an intricate chandelier, a minimalist sconce, or even a brilliant reflector pan, FluidForming metal forming ensures that the final piece is a true reflection of the client's taste and the designer's artistic prowess.

Pre-patterned and Pre-Finished Sheet Metal

FluidForming metal forming uses water as the forming force, which allows lighting designers to dream big with pre-painted, textured, or prefinished sheet metal. Forming pressures of up to 60,000 psi help enable tight radii and complex curves.

FluidForming Is Sustainability in Metal Forming.

As the world becomes increasingly conscious of environmental impact, sustainable manufacturing practices are gaining importance in every industry. FluidForming metal forming for custom light fixtures helps designers and lighting engineers embrace sustainability by using recycled metals, minimizing waste, and adopting eco-friendly finishes.

Sustainable metal forming not only contributes to the well-being of the planet but also enhances the appeal of the fixture for environmentally conscious clients.

The team at FluidForming Americas is ready to help you achieve your custom lighting dreams. To learn more about the FluidForming FormBalancer’s capabilities and how we can light up your ideas, contact FluidForming Americas at (800) 497-3545 or email us at

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FluidForming Americas, Inc. is a member of the Precision Metal Forming Association and is AS9100 Rev D, ISO 9001:2015 certified. ITAR registered.