dcsimg Makrolon® Polycarbonate for Kenall® Luminaires Case Study

Illuminating a path

Covestro Plastics Help Optimize Function and Benefits of LED Luminaires

The LED revolution is upon us. LED lighting is becoming the preferred lighting choice in nearly every setting – where we live, work and play. Its success is driven by several factors:
An appealing, energy-efficient lighting option / A long service life / A customized level of light dispersion.
In this competitive market, manufacturers are eager to set themselves apart.

OEM: Kenall Manufacturing Co.
Supplier: Covestro
Industry: Lighting
Application: LED luminaire
Product: Makrolon® polycarbonate

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High-performance polycarbonates from Covestro provide lighting manufacturers with a way to develop products that meet high technical requirements and the expectations of their customers.

Kenall® turned to Makrolon® polycarbonate plastic from Covestro to optimize the function and benefits of its luminaires. Covestro offers Makrolon® polycarbonate grades specifically developed for use in LED lighting. These specialized material grades were attractive to Kenall, as they offer improved light transmission and efficiency when compared with competitive products.

Kenall® utilizes secondary and tertiary optics molded with Makrolon® in their parking garage and High Bay product line. In addition to its Makrolon® polycarbonate, Covestro provided multiple mold-flow analyses and technical assistance, as well as design support to help Kenall optimize light output and light transmission in its luminaires.

Materials from Covestro, in combination with intelligent design, efficient power electronics and state-of-the art LED sources, allow Kenall® to boast product efficacies that are among the highest in the market, as reported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s LED Light Facts program.

The main properties of Makrolon® polycarbonate are:

  • High toughness
  • Good heat resistance
  • Glass-like transparency, optical quality
  • High dimensional accuracy and stability
  • Grades available for injection molding, extrusion and blow molding
  • Good electrical properties
  • Broad range of flame-retardant grades available
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