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Keeping the lights on in harsh environments

Polycarbonates for LED protection and thermal management

Keeping the lights on in harsh environments

In order to achieve optimal performance in industrial environments, LED luminaires require durable materials that meet stringent requirements.

Polycarbonates for LED protection and heat management
Makrolon® polycarbonate is used as a heat sink in Shat-R-Shield’s Incoplas™ LED Hybrid. (Photo credit: Shat-R-Shield, Inc.)

Task

Industrial facilities often require lighting fixtures that offer optimal performance in harsh elements. Functioning as an area, flood or wall pack light, the Incoplas™ LED Hybrid was developed as part of Shat-R-Shield, Inc.’s line of lightweight and corrosion-resistant LED fixtures.

Challenge

The Incoplas™ LED Hybrid required a material for its main luminaire housing that met challenging thermal and environmental requirements. Since aluminum is subject to corrosion in tough environments, Shat-R-Shield turned to Covestro to find the ideal thermaly conducting material.

Solution

Thermally conductive Makrolon® polycarbonate acts as a heat sink in the main luminaire housing to not only withstand prolonged exposure to moisture, dust and chemicals, but to also allow for a lightweight and versatile design. Additionally, Makroblend® resin offers chemical resistance, dimensional stability and superior impact strength for the housing. The luminaire’s lens also features Makrolon® polycarbonate diffusion sheet in the luminaire lens, which provides higher flammability resistance and wider service temperature compared to acrylic.

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

Thermally conductive Makrolon® polycarbonate acts as a channel for heat to pass through.

The Makrolon® polycarbonate material allows for a versatile, lightweight design.

Makroblend® resin resists catching on fire due to its flame redartant properties, and retains its original shape when exposed to heat or humidity.

Makrolon® polycarbonate diffusion sheet is not easily damaged by heat and offers a wider service temperature range.

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