Covestro polycarbonate helps LEDs light up TV, film and stage

Polycarbonate plays a starring role in entertainment lighting

Lights, camera, action! Whether in a large studio or small theater, proper lighting sets the stage for films, TV and stage shows. Effective lighting requires the use of high-quality materials.

Large-area Fresnel lenses made from the high-performance plastic Makrolon®
Lenses made of Makrolon® polycarbonate from Covestro enable optimal light distribution from ARRI LED lampheads used in the entertainment industry.


Lighting technicians and designers rely on film camera and light provider ARRI to supply high-performance LED lights for television, film and theater productions. These end users desire energy-efficient, reliable and high-quality lighting products. ARRI needs a superior material to meet these needs.


For the entertainment industry to switch to LED lights they should offer higher light output while using less energy and be durable for use on often-hectic sets. They also should operate similarly to traditional Fresnel lampheads making the transition seamless for lighting technicians and designers.


ARRI’s L-Series LED lights utilize Makrolon® polycarbonate from Covestro for their large-area Fresnel lenses. The transparent material and optical design allow for optimal light distribution. Precise color rendition, another advantage of Makrolon® polycarbonate lenses, is particularly important for the L-Series C (Color) lights, whose color can be smoothly adjusted over a wide range. The lenses are resilient, because the material resists breaking and remains stable even at high temperatures.

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ARRI L-series LED lamphead lenses

Makrolon® polycarbonate - the state of the art design all-rounder with phenomenal material properties

Makrolon® polycarbonate is highly transparent, which allows for better light output in lighting applications.

Makrolon® polycarbonate enables precise color rendering, displaying color values accurately.

The material is durable thanks to its good level of resistance to cracking and fracturing and its temperature stability, making the material unchanged even at high temperatures.

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