Fabricated reflectors present a wide variety of design options, and their versatility makes them ideal solutions for nearly every lighting challenge. However, design is only part of the equation. Reflector manufacturability must be carefully considered to avoid performance blunders like poor fit and finish, as well as higher production costs and slower time to market.
When photometric requirements have been determined, there are three materials-related decisions to make:
Thickness and Strength:
• Choose materials that provide appropriate thickness and strength to support components
• UL or other code requirements may mandate using materials of a certain minimum thickness
• Use materials that are easily available in the desired thickness, strength and finish – you’ll save time and money
• Pay attention to the grain direction or pattern orientation of a specified finish
• Photometry with specific material orientation needs will impact the material selected and manufacturing process used.
• Provides material stiffness
• Materials with an embossed or textured pattern will be structurally stronger than those that are flat.
There’s a fair amount to think about as you start a lighting project, and that’s why the best approach is to talk with your supplier early on. This way they can offer guidance that can save you time and money – and ensure a successful project. Get their input on light source and shape, the structure of the assembly and the materials used for both the structure and the finish, and you’ll get practical solutions that address your needs – and align with your budget and timeline. If email@example.com