Flexible Solutions

Material Spotlight: BISCO HT-800 Medium Silicone Foam

Posted by Katie Sullivan

May 27, 2020 12:02 PM

Per the Rogers Corporation Website, Rogers “BISCO HT-800 Medium Cellular Silicone offers the lightness of foam with the enhanced sealing capabilities of sponge rubber.” In this post, we are going to dive a little deeper into this excellent material.

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Topics: Foams, LED Lighting, BISCO Silicone, Silicone

PTFE Membrane Vents for Protecting LED Lighting Enclosures

Posted by Katie Sullivan

March 16, 2016 10:27 AM

PTFE membrane vents are made of hydrophobic microporous materials. This amazing PTFE material is designed to allow air to pass through while acting as a firm barrier to water and dust. 

Outdoor LED Lighting enclosures contain electronics assemblies that must be protected from the elements (rain, dirt, debris). As LED lights operate, they generate heat. As the enclosure heats up and cools down through the cycle of operation, the internal pressure changes. Without the ability to relieve this pressure, the enclosure can sustain damage and condensation can form. Both situations can be detrimental to the successful operation of the LED lighting system. 

PTFE membrane vents are a cost-effective way to protect your LED product. They keep dust and liquids out of the enclosure and relieve positive pressure or negative pressure within the enclosure.

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Topics: IP Rating, LED Lighting

Bend, Blend and Reshape Light with Luminit Light Shaping Diffusers

Posted by Katie Sullivan

February 9, 2016 9:30 AM

What is a Light Shaping Diffuser?

Manufactured by Luminit - LSDs are light-diffusing films with patented holographic patterns embedded into optically clear polycarbonate or polyester sheets. These innovative materials homogenize and directionally shape light with high-transmission efficiency.  Applications that could benefit from this technology are LED lighting, architectural lighting, recessed downlighting, signs & displays. Light-diffusing films are available with three types of angles: circular, elliptical, and linear.

  • Circular spread a light source into a larger circular pattern, and for this reason, they are used widely across many industries. 
  • Elliptical diffuser angles include 80 x 50, and 60 x 10. Common applications include hallways and specialty lighting that highlights a specific area. 
  • Linear diffusers, typically 60 x 1 (60 along the width, and 1 along the length) are commonly used in applications where light must be diffused into a line (for example, a bar code scanner). 

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Topics: manufacturing techniques, LED Lighting


Posted by Katie Sullivan

January 20, 2016 12:12 PM

What is 3M™ FRB?  

It is thin flexible insulation made primarily of inorganic materials that is easily converted. The 3M™ FRB barrier material provides very high flammability and ignitability resistance, excellent arc and track resistance, good dielectric strength, and good thermal performance to safely contain electrical hazards. 

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Topics: LED Lighting

Outdoor Lighting and Custom Silicone Gaskets

Posted by Katie Sullivan

January 18, 2016 11:00 AM

Outdoor LED lights are subject to a wide range of environmental elements and must be designed to withstand these hazards for the long life of LEDs. There are many components included in an outdoor lighting assembly, and one of the most important elements is a gasket. When choosing a material for an outdoor lighting gasket, it's imperative to understand the mechanics of an outdoor lighting fixture.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Silicone, gasket

Thermal Management in LED Light Assemblies

Posted by Katie Sullivan

January 11, 2016 10:30 AM

Thermally Conductive Materials in LED Assemblies

Although LEDs are considerably more efficient than traditional lighting forms, they do still produce heat. This heat can have an adverse effect on the LED and therefore must be managed to ensure the true benefits of this technology are realized. If excessive junction temperatures are reached, particularly above the maximum operating temperature of the LED (~120-150˚C), a non-recoverable effect could occur, leading to complete failure. Operating temperature is directly related to the lifetime of the LED; the higher the temperature, the shorter the LED life.

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Topics: Thermal Management, LED Lighting