Plastic replaces aluminum in first high-power LED application for heat control

28-Apr-09
Based on a joint development with DSM, leading energy efficient lighting solutions provider Philips has launched MASTER LED MR16 retrofit lamp which is the first high-power LED application to replace aluminum cover with a thermally conductive plastic - Stanyl® high performance polyamide (PA) - for heat control. For this unique product, Philips was on a look out for a material that would deliver superior heat management while at the same time offering greater design flexibility and the same or improved product performance. As a result, the two companies zeroed in on the thermally conductive plastic material in order to create lightweight, highly efficient LED lamps that reduce electricity consumption and offer extended lifecycles. The company stresses that thermally conductive Stanyl plastic performs better than aluminum if applied in the right conditions and design. In addition, this polyamide grade also offers the additional benefits of thermoplastics including flexibility in design, exceptional durability and weight reduction. The Philips MASTER LED MR16 is a 4W LED replacement for the popular low-voltage halogen spot lamp. With light output equivalent to that of 20W Halogen MR16 lamps, it offers the key benefits of up to 80% energy saving and a 40-times longer lifetime.
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