SABIC Innovative Plastics is
playing a critical role in the conversion of incandescent bulbs to compact
fluorescent lights (CFLs) as global requirements for energy-efficient
alternatives continue to tighten. The most recent example is the company's
high-tech Lexan* FXD polycarbonate (PC) resin, a technology chosen by OSRAM, a
leading global lighting manufacturer, to mold its new line of high-end,
retrofit CFL candle bulbs, called the DuluxstarÂ® Mini Candle. OSRAM selected
Lexan FXD PC resin for the new bulbs - which offer a much longer life and up to
80 percent lower energy consumption than conventional incandescent versions -
for its outstanding performance, aesthetics and safety.
With a new color formulation, Lexan FXD resin met OSRAM's requirements
for the candle bulb:
High-impact resistance to avoid breakage.
Excellent light transmission for optimal brightness.
Translucence to hide internal components and provide
a soft, flattering effect.
Maximum light scattering capability.
Compliance with Glow Wire Ignition and ball pressure
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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