Transparent luminosity with PLEXIGLAS® LED (EndLighten T)
PLEXIGLAS® LED: Specialty product for transparent edge-lit applications using LEDs
Excellent frontal brightness
Market launch in September 2010
PLEXIGLAS® LED (previously EndLighten T) is the new Evonik material for edge-lit surfaces that has been available around the world for about six months. It is specially designed for transparent edge-lit applications using LEDs.
This material, which is a further development of the well-known slightly cloudy PLEXIGLAS® LED (EndLighten) grade, is completely clear and emits much brighter light toward the viewer. Compared with the slightly cloudy grade, whose strength lies in regular emission of light on all sides, the frontal brightness is up to 250% higher in transparent applications using the clear PLEXIGLAS® LED products. The new PLEXIGLAS® LED grade is particularly suitable for transparent applications in furniture, store fixtures and exhibition booths, as well as lighting design. Without illumination, the new material is highly transparent, with a transmission of 92%. When edge-lit with RGB-LEDs, PLEXIGLAS® LED glows evenly across the entire surface in the selected LED color.
The related slightly cloudy product is not completely clear when unlit. Competitive products require obtrusive halftone printing, a laser-cut matrix or inscribed structures to achieve the same effect. PLEXIGLAS® LED is the ideal choice for applications such as partitions illuminated with LEDs, door infill panels or ambient lighting in furniture, store fixtures and exhibition booths.
Flat luminous objects on a large scale
PLEXIGLAS® LED is also used for edge-lighting in non-transparent applications, such as flat luminous objects with a large surface area like displays, picture frames, luminous ceilings and walls and citylight posters.
Four different grades of PLEXIGLAS® LED are available for edge-lighting, depending on the application and the area to be illuminated. To enable extremely slim applications, Evonik has reduced the material thickness of all four grades. The thinnest is just 4mm.
With the new, clear PLEXIGLAS® LED (previously EndLighten T) the Acrylic Polymers Business Line at Evonik offers yet another innovative product to inspire lighting manufacturers, interior designers and lighting designers to new creative heights.
The Performance Polymers Business Unit of Evonik Industries is a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA products sold under the PLEXIGLAS® trademark on the European, Asian, African and Australian continents and under the trademark ACRYLITE® in the Americas.
Evonik Industries is the creative industrial group from Germany. In our core business of specialty chemicals, we are a global leader. In addition, Evonik is an expert in power generation from hard coal and renewable energies, and one of the largest private residential real estate companies in Germany. Our company’s performance is shaped by creativity, specialization, continuous self-renewal, and reliability.
Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In its fiscal year 2009 about 39,000 employees generated sales of about €13.1 billion and an operating profit (EBITDA) of about €2.0 billion.
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