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Thermal management in demanding LED applications

Achieving optimal performance with LED luminaires in harsh industrial environments requires durable materials that meet the most stringent design standards. Shat-R-Shield combined the advantages of Makrolon® polycarbonate and Makroblend® resins to address to the challenge.
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Many industrial facilities require lighting fixtures that will continue to perform well under the most demanding of circumstances. With this opportunity in mind, our customers at Shat-R-Shield tasked us with helping them develop a new LED Hybrid for flood- and wall pack-lighting as an extension of their existing line of lightweight and corrosion-resistant LED fixtures.
Challenge

Select materials that can beat corrosion and the heat

The Incoplas™ LED Hybrid design developed by Shat-R-Shield required a material that could handle extremely challenging thermal and environmental conditions. Aluminum, which is often used for industrial lighting housing, corrodes in some environments, and this is why Shat-R-Shield asked us to help them find a more durable thermally-conductive material.
Solution

Three of our products combined to create an ideal solution

We recommended thermally conductive Makrolon® polycarbonate as a heat sink for the main luminaire housing.  It’s ability to withstand prolonged exposure to moisture, dust and chemicals – while allowing lightweight, versatile design - made it the natural choice. Additionally, we proposed Makroblend® resin as a complementary material due to its chemical resistance, dimensional stability and impact strength. Flame-resistant Makrolon® diffusion sheet for the luminaire lens rounded off the solution.

Why Makrolon® and Makroblend® were the right solution for Shat-R-Shield

  • Thermally conductive (TC): Makrolon® TC polycarbonate (PC) is outstanding for heat dissipation.
  • Design-friendly: Makrolon® PC makes versatile, lightweight design possible.
  • Flame retardant: Makroblend® resin is flame retardant and retains its shape when exposed to heat.
  • Heat resistant: Makrolon® withstands heat and has a wide service temperature range.
  • Chemical resistant: Both Makrolon® and Makroblend® offer excellent chemical resistance.
Task

Provide durable materials for LED lighting products

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