Plastic Diffuser Solutions for LED Lighting

White Paper on a new generation of polycarbonate and acrylic LED light diffusing materials that offer design flexibility, hide hot spots, and transmit more light.

This paper provides a comprehensive look at some of the top materials currently available to solve your LED lighting challenges including an explanation of how they work, material comparisons, plus property charts and photographs.


  • How the materials diffuse light and hide “hot spots
  • Polycarbonate vs. acrylic – advantages and limitations
  • Properties: material strength, flammability, light transmission, light diffusion, and temperature capabilities
  • Visual comparisons - light diffusion, light transmission, and color
  • Material options for architectural, commercial, and transportation light fixtures, backlighted signs, lighted point-of-purchase displays, and troffer retrofitting

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