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Thermally Conductive Polymers for LED Lighting Heat Sing Applications Offer Increased Design Freedom and Reduced Costs...

The lighting market is undergoing a dramatic shift to LED light sources as LED lighting offers greater energy efficiency than more conventional sources such as compact fluorescent and incandescent lighting.  However managing the heat generated by LED’s is critical to maintaining their useful life and energy efficiency. Up until recently the typical solution to addressing thermal management in LED products entailed use of aluminum as a heat sink material to dissipate heat away from the LED which was a costly solution.

Fortunately RTP has pioneered the use of thermally conductive plastics as an alternative to traditional aluminum heat sink options that can cut production costs while concurrently addressing the needs of today’s LED lighting designers. So if you are in need of a different approach to addressing the thermal management needs of your LED product perhaps you should consider some of the new specialty materials options being offered by RTP Co.

These thermally conductive materials offer similar thermal performance to aluminum, while allowing designers greater design flexibility in the form of weight reduction, part consolidation, corrosion resistance, and lower component costs. Plus they have several benefits over aluminum solutions in that they can be molded in certain color options reducing the need for secondary coatings, and offer the potential for in mold decorating possibilities to address product marking requirements.

They also offer single step manufacturing as they can be directly over molded with additional components to eliminate part assembly, while providing excellent thermal coupling, additionally offering as much as a 50% weight reduction over comparable aluminum options which is especially important in energy conscious transportation uses like automotive.

Injection molded components also simplify and lower manufacturing costs, as they have a lower carbon footprint than metals throughout the supply chain.  This is mainly due to the lower energy in processing compared to their metal counterparts.  This lower temperature requirement reduces supplier energy costs and the associated greenhouse emissions.

The materials can typically be processed similar to most engineering thermoplastics and can also find use in a wide range of applications including computers, automotive, electronics, motors, heating and cooling systems, and lighting.

So if you’re in need of another option to address your thermal management needs perhaps you should consider these materials as a possible solution to your design needs.  NOVATION Industries has a long history of sampling the newer cutting edge materials and we make it a point to familiarize ourselves with the latest in cutting edge material science.

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