Reflectors and Their Crucial Role in Light Functionality

Posted by Briana Lipor on 9/11/19, 9:00 AM


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Even the most efficient light sources would be useless without high-quality reflectors.

Reflectors play an extremely important role in the functionality of LED Lights.

LEDs have been on the market for awhile now and offer many of the aesthetic and performance advantages of halogen lamps, while also providing even higher energy efficiency levels and longer lifetimes. Some LEDs now last for 30,000 hours or more – about 30 years of typical use. Before the transition to LEDs, everyone in the lighting industry understood the importance of reflectors. The conventional wisdom was that as the industry transitioned to LEDs, the need for reflectors would dramatically decrease. Over the last several years, this theory has proven to be wrong. In fact, reflectors are even more important with LEDs than before.



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Reflectors boost lighting efficiency.

Reflectors have a fundamental effect on light output, lamp & ballast life, and the overall effectiveness.  Each and every light fixture requires a unique reflector that is designed to guide the light to the appropriate angle. Ensuring that the light is shaped correctly or helping maintain a specific wavelength of the light for special applications. Using reflective materials reduces the energy requirements of your lighting so that they don't have to work as hard. Simply put, you receive more energy output. Additionally, reflectors play an important role in dispersing heat so that a fixture does not become overheated.



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Reflectors are needed even more with LED lights.

The reflector design is a critical component of LED lighting. Reflectors are needed even more with LED lights because of the strength of the light. The directional lighting characteristics of LEDs mean that spreading the light out can be even more of a challenge. That's where our reflector experts at RCI come into play. When using a reflector, you are able to get the most out of a LED chip. With the reflector, light can be spread more widely resulting in a larger area receiving a lower light density. LEDs require sophisticated reflectors and reflector designs. 





Choosing the right material.

Reflectors can be made using different materials. Aluminum is more commonly used and is a very effective choice. There are vast options for optical properties (total reflectivity), image clarity, grain direction, strength of material, as well as finish of the material (specular, semi-specular, diffuse and hammer tone), ultimately depending on how you want the material to function.




Reflective Concepts specializes in design and engineering of reflectors for the lighting, medical, architectural, agricultural, aerospace and many other industries. Our team of lighting industry experts are here to help you every step of the way. With decades of reflector component development, lighting material knowledge, and fabrication experience. Our spectrum of understanding allows us to approach each and every project with unrivaled diligence, experience, and expertise to ensure our customers are getting the very best product every time. 


Give us a call at 262-605-0500 or email us at rci@reflective-concepts.comContact RCI today to learn how we can help you. 


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