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The rapid growth of the indoor lighting industry is largely due to the use of a variety of plastics, which play a key role in shaping the aesthetics, functionality and durability of lighting components. The following analysis outlines the different types of plastics used in this industry, characterising their properties and applications.

Polycarbonate (PC)

Polycarbonate is one of the most commonly chosen materials in the manufacture of interior lighting. The high transparency and durability of polycarbonate make it ideal for creating lamp covers and shades, both ceiling and pendant lights. In addition, its impact resistance ensures safe use, which is particularly important in public areas.

Polyamide (Nylon)

Polyamide, also known as nylon, is prized for its flexibility and mechanical strength. It is used in the manufacture of various lighting components, including brackets, lamp shades and lamp housings. Its resistance to high temperatures and chemicals makes it an excellent choice for interior applications, while its ease of processing and long service life further enhance its appeal.

High-density polyethylene (HDPE)

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a popular choice for lamp shades and covers in interior lighting. Its insulating properties and corrosion resistance are key in areas exposed to moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. HDPE is also easy to clean, eliminating the need for special preservatives.

Acrylic (PMMA)

Acrylic, often referred to as acrylic glass, is chosen for its high transparency and durability. It is used to create lampshades, fixtures and LED panels. Its ease of machining allows a variety of shapes and patterns to be created, which is important when designing decorative lighting.

Polypropylene (PP)

Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer with a wide range of applications. In interior lighting, it is often used for trim components such as handles and lamp housings. It is characterised by good chemical and thermal resistance and low weight. It is easy to work with, but can be susceptible to colour changes when exposed to UV light.

Modified poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)

Modified poly(methyl methacrylate) is a reinforced version of acrylic. Thanks to additional reinforcing substances such as elastomers, this material has greater impact resistance, making it ideal for the manufacture of light shades in areas with a higher risk of mechanical damage.

Polystyrene (PS)

Polystyrene is a lightweight and easily mouldable material that is mainly used for the manufacture of lighting shades, especially those with simple shapes. It is characterised by good transparency and low production costs. However, it can be susceptible to mechanical damage and has lower resistance to high temperatures.

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)

ABS is an excellent choice as a shade material for interior lighting. Its combination of properties, such as mechanical strength, impact resistance and low weight, make it ideal for use in a variety of lighting projects. In addition, ABS has good chemical and thermal resistance, making it stable in a variety of environmental conditions.

Polyvinylidenefluoride (PVDF)

Polyvinylidenefluoride is a material with exceptional chemical and thermal resistance. It is used in interior lighting mainly for covers and shades that require resistance to aggressive chemicals such as detergents or solvents.

The importance of materials in lighting design

Plastics are essential in the indoor lighting industry, contributing not only to the aesthetic appearance, but also to the functionality and durability of the components. The materials specified allow designers to create innovative and effective lighting solutions. Thanks to them, interior lighting is transformed into a practical and aesthetically pleasing element of the interior, noticeably improving the comfort of users.

Our production - Injection moulding and extrusion

It is worth adding that, as a company specialising primarily in the production of components made from PC, ABS, PS and HDPE, we are ready for any challenge in interior lighting design. However, we are not limited to these materials. We are happy to discuss any project and advise on the best customised solutions.

Take a look at our Injection molding and extrusion subpage and contact us to discuss the details and find the perfect solution for your interior lighting project!