For manufacturers of LED lighting, technology is rapidly developing. As industries, governments and consumers place greater importance on energy efficiency and sustainability, the benefits of LED lighting broaden the possible applications. New applications are emerging all the time as LED lighting becomes more affordable.
The current attributes of LEDs include longer service life, resistance to damage and low operating temperature. In order to resist thermal shock and vibrations and maintain a low temperature, LEDs require effective thermal management.
At Polymer Science, our team designs dielectric pads and thermal gap fillers that help manufacturers expand LED lighting into new designs and the most extreme applications. Our team has partnered with numerous manufacturers within the following applications:
- Aviation Lighting: LED lights are found in landing lights, taxi lights, and navigation lights. To ensure durability and performance in these environments, manufacturers need high-quality thermal management.
- Cameras: LED lights are increasingly being used in cameras, both for still photography and videography. A key advantage is more precise dimming and producing less heat.
- Traffic Signals: One of the reasons LED lights are now the standard for traffic signals is the ability to be programmed to change colors more quickly and accurately.
- Automotive Lighting: LED lights have a much longer service life than incandescent bulbs and require less energy to operate. This is increasingly valued in electric vehicles and conventional vehicles.
- Infotainment: Dashboard displays, touch screens, infotainment and head-up displays create a variety of colors and effects. These systems are also more energy efficient than traditional incandescent lights.
- Light Bulbs: LED light bulbs are now the most popular type of light bulb on the market. They are more energy efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs, and they can last for many times longer. For both commercial and residential lighting, the benefits of cool-to-touch lighting and energy savings are valuable.
- Horticulture: The ability to program LED lights for the ideal light spectrum for plants is a key advantage for horticulture.
- Electronic Displays: LED lights are used in various electronic displays, including televisions, computer monitors, and smartphones. LED lights are more energy efficient, providing users with greater battery life.
In all of these applications, there is a great need for durability and thermal management. The light-emitting diode may reach temperatures as high as 3,000-6,000 degrees Kelvin. Dissipating heat effectively from the junction temperature at the semiconductor is key to optimizing performance including brighter lights and extended lifetime.
P-THERM® Thermal Interface Materials
Polymer Science offers a number of dielectric pads and thermal gap fillers within our P-THERM® products. Our design team works quickly to provide answers and consult on any solution LED lighting manufacturers require including:
- Dielectric Pads: P-THERM® ECIs are thermally conductive, and the natural tack of these pads mitigates movement during manufacturing.
- Thermal Gap Fillers: A wide range of gap filler materials are available in silicone and non-silicone formulations. P-THERM® gap fillers conform to irregular surfaces and can be customized for optimal performance in any LED lighting system.
- Two Part Dispensable Gap Fillers: As designs become more compact, two part dispensables are lightweight with a thin bond line. These durable materials can aid in longer lifespans. Additionally, curing time and viscosity can be tuned to suit the manufacturing process.
Working with Polymer Science
For manufacturers of LED lighting and products that incorporate LEDs into their designs, Polymer Science offers key advantages. We offer high-quality thermal management materials backed by an experienced team of engineers and technical staff. We are able to consult with you and quickly move from conception to production.