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Elk Grove Village, IL. 3/12/14 — Imagine if all the metal components of the common light fixture could be consolidated to just a few plastic parts.

Every light fixture needs a way for the heat from the light source to escape the fixture, a component commonly referred to as the "heat sink".  Until recently, aluminum has been the material of choice for heat sinks as it has a high thermal conductivity rating.  However, times have changed and plastics have come a long way in terms of polymers being able to replicate the thermal conductivity of aluminum.  Companies like Bayer®, RTP®, and CoolPolymers® have developed resins that are setting new standards in thermal management for lighting applications providing a true aluminum replacement material.  The benefits of replacing metal with plastic components in lighting are numerous, including part consolidation, drastic weight reduction, and a much greener manufacturing process.

If you would like more detailed information about plastic to metal conversion for the lighting industry (or any other industry that we serve), please send us an email with your question and we would love to provide you with additional information and put you in touch with one of our specialists.

 

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