Advanced materials such as moldable optical silicones by Dow Corning ® are lighter-than-glass and soft enough to allow for innovative design as well as integrated functionality with other optical parts. They deliver good ultraviolet (UV) resistance, minimize yellowing, and resist scratching, especially in comparison to polycarbonate and PMMA plastics. Optical silicones also mix easily with additives to meet your specific design needs and performance goals. For more information on silicone optics and how they can be used, please see this article.
As a leading LED lighting innovator, LumenFlow understands both the optical and physical key properties of such design. With optical silicones, lighting solutions that are not practical or possible in other materials such as glass can be enabled. For example, compound lenses coupled via a light guide (shown left). Moldable silicones are suitable for many applications, including secondary lenses, light pipes, light guides, and optical components. For more information click here.