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Lighting the Way to a Brighter Future

Polycarbonate-based Materials Meet the Demands of LED Lighting 

Lighting The Way to a Brighter Future

LED lighting which offers long life, lower power consumption, and produces no mercury waste has revolutionized the lighting industry. By 2020, LED lighting is expected to represent 36 percent of all lighting sales on the general illumination market and 74 percent by 2030.2

Trinseo develops polycarbonate-based materials that enable its lighting customers to meet a number of market challenges. We offer UL-rated clear materials that are nearly as transparent as acrylic and glass and can help our customers achieve uniform light diffusion, while maintaining maximum light output through lenses, covers and optics. While the LED chip has longevity, it needs to be protected from the environment, necessitating high impact resistance. Trinseo grades feature exceptional toughness which allows for down gauging potential and less resin used. Because these applications operate at temperatures as high as 80-110ₒ C, ignition resistance is another requirement.

Trinseo’s plastics offer superior processing which allows it to be molded into complex shapes and forms, giving LED lighting manufacturers a flexibility in product design that is simply not possible with traditional materials such as glass and metal.

Approximately 19% of the world’s electricity demand is used for lighting.3 Thus, widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings globally. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 terawatt hours—the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants in the U.S. At today’s prices, that equates to a total savings of more than $30 billion.4

Because Trinseo resins have been qualified and are used by several leading lighting manufacturers, such as Philips Lighting, our materials can be found in major retail chains across North America.

2Energy Savings Potential of Solid-State Lighting in General Illumination Applications, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) update of its report forecasting the energy savings potential of LED white-light sources.
3“LEDs will slash energy use for lighting by 95%,” RenewEconomy.com, http://reneweconomy. com.au/2014/ledswill-slash-energyuse-for-lightingby-95-12875
4U.S. Department of Energy, http:// energy.gov/energysaver/ledlighting