Polycarbonate blend from Covestro offers flame retardance for LED luminaires
PowerSecure Lighting utilized Bayblend® FR3010 PC+ABS blend from Covestro LLC for its Solais® trackhead and module family lines of LED luminaires. (Photo credit: PowerSecure Lighting)
Leverkusen, February 28, 2017. Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting continues to grow in popularity due to its wide variety of benefits, including energy efficiency, longer service life and superior performance. Thermal management helps to ensure LEDs work efficiently and effectively, and contributes to long-term performance. With this need in mind, PowerSecure Lighting turned to Covestro LLC to find the ideal flame retardant material for LED lamp components used in its Solais® products.
Bayblend® FR3010 polycarbonate/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (PC+ABS) blend from Covestro is utilized in Solais’ trackhead and module family lines. These LED luminaires can be found in a variety of applications, including high-end retail, commercial, hospitality, health care and other environments.
Two components are molded from lightweight Bayblend® PC+ABS blend: one holds the lamp fan to allow for cooling of the module and power supply; the other forms the electrical enclosure around the power supply. The two components, while not visible from the outside, are critical to the products’ performance. Bayblend® FR3010 PC+ABS blend meets the UL 94 5VA flammability requirement—which the material previously used was unable to fulfill.
“These products have a special flammability requirement due to our use of unisolated power supplies,” said Daniel Miller, vice president of product development and engineering, PowerSecure Lighting. “With this need, the flame retardant properties of Covestro’s material were extremely beneficial to the overall design and functionality of our products.”
“Bayblend® FR3010 PC+ABS blend is the ideal material to keep the Solais trackhead and module line of LED luminaires safe and long-lasting,” says Anthony Leo, field market development, Polycarbonates, Covestro LLC. “In addition to material selection, we helped PowerSecure Lighting design its snap fits correctly to extend the life of the plastic component and ensure full functionality.”
“LED lighting OEMs continually look for ways to enhance their product lines to meet the needs of the markets they serve,” said Kevin Dunay, industry manager, Polycarbonates, Covestro LLC. “Day-in and day-out, we work with OEMs and product designers to help ensure that they have the ideal materials to make their concepts a reality.”
Attendees at Strategies in Light, Feb. 28 – Mar. 2, in Anaheim, California, are invited to visit Covestro’s booth (#605) to learn more about the materials and technologies Covestro offers for LED lighting applications.