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Optics

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Redefine the Limits of LED Lighting Design and Performance – and Make the “Impossible” Possible

What most limits your design freedom? It is often the physical properties of your optical components. Now you can boost the performance of your design — and go beyond the limits of traditional optical materials. Optical silicones from Dow Consumer Solutions not only offer excellent optical properties, they are more resistant to impact damage and degradation from UV, heat and environmental extremes. Silicones are very flexible and can deliver refraction, reflection and diffusion in many forms, such as moldable optics, secondary optics encapsulants and optical coatings.

When you pair the unique benefits of these materials with collaborative expertise from Dow Consumer Solutions, you will find new ways to help enhance the performance, durability and total cost of ownership of your lamp and luminaire design. And the earlier in the design process you work with our experts, the more we can do — together — to enhance value and performance. Discover new and innovative ways to control light. Create optics in complex shapes or with fine details or integrated mechanical features not possible in traditional plastics.
 

Explore Moldable Optical Silicones

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Explore Moldable Optical Silicones

Discover the many advantages of using silicone in your lighting applications

The Shape of Tomorrow

Moldable Optical Silicone elastomers from Dow are what today’s LED innovators need to forge the future of lighting, with design-empowering features and benefits.

  • A low viscosity before cure makes molding into complex shapes easier than with either organic polymers or glass. This may help reduce manufacturing costs and cycle times in injection molding and other processes. 
  • Innovative designs, not currently feasible with other known commercial products, are now possible. Moldable silicones are suitable for a range of applications, such as secondary lenses, light pipes, light guides and other optical components. 
  • Good ultraviolet (UV) resistance, minimize yellowing and resist scratching, especially in comparison to PC and PMMA plastics.
  • Unmatched heat resistance

Compared to many organic materials, the chemical backbone of silicones makes them particularly well-suited to manage the increasingly high temperatures of today’s and tomorrow’s LED lighting systems.

Moldable Silicone Optics

TIR Optic

10° TIR Optic

Eliminate light loss with narrow beam angles

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Bend and Focus Incoming Light with Aspheric Lenses

Aspheric Lens

Bend and focus incoming light, similar to a magnifying glass

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Narrow Beam or Light Column Housing Assembly

Narrow Beam or Light Column Housing Assembly

Focus light in a desired path for higher efficiency

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ASTM D-412 Tensile and Elongation Testing

ASTM D-412 Tensile and Elongation Testing

Test tensile strength and transmit light

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UL94 Flame Certification Testing and TIR

UL94 Flame Certification Testing and TIR

Guide light and use in flame classification testing

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Large, Thick Plaque for Optical Testing

Large, Thick Plaque for Optical Testing

Test optics with a larger and thicker plaque

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Highly Polished Mold for Optical Testing

Highly Polished Mold for Optical Testing

See the precision features and high polish finish available with these products

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Highly Polished Light Guides

Highly Polished Light Guides

Light guides are simple light pipes that shape and bend light

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Reduce Stray Light with 40° White Reflector

Reduce Stray Light with 40° White Reflector

Achieve wider beam angles and more diffuse reflectance

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Light Globes – Molded in One Piece

Light Globes – Molded in One Piece

Obtain greater flexibility in molding, surface patterning and more

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Long, Thin Optical Parts from Silicone

Modular Optics

Create long, thin optics with moldable silicones

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Convert LED Point Source to a Distributed Source

Mini HEOC

Convert an LED point source to a distributed point source

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Fine Detail Molding for Flashlight End Caps

Fine Detail Molding for Flashlight End Caps

Affect light transmission through a piece with surface finish

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Shape and Direct Light without Lenses

Reflective Hood

Shape and direct light, without lenses, to reduce the effects of glare and light loss

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One-Piece Compound Lens

One-Piece Compound Lens

Product a variety of output patterns from a given source. Molded as a single part; no lens holders or alignment fixtures are required.

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Moldable Optical Silicone Elastomers Win 2018 Edison Award

Moldable Optical Silicones
2013 & 2014 Winners in Non-Luminous Components, Specialty Hardware, Shades and Solar