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Keeping Outdoor Lighting Bright With Better Thermal Management

  • Fabrico & 3M: Outdoor LED Thermal Management Solutions

    LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are at the forefront of the lighting industry. Made popular by their efficiency, range of color, and long lifespan, LED lights are ideal for numerous applications including night lighting, art lighting, and outdoor lighting. These lights are also commonly used in electronics, automotive, and aerospace industries.  
    Today’s high intensity LEDs are notable for their reductions in cost and power consumption; however, this comes at the cost of producing more heat than normal LEDs. When considering LEDs, it’s important to remember that they operate at lower efficiencies as temperatures increase. This means that high quality thermal management is essential for optimal performance. 
    In addition to this, if heat is allowed to build unchecked it can even damage components. Especially when LEDs are used in outdoor applications, durability of the thermal interface is important to support efficiency in different environmental conditions. 3M products have been rigorously tested in accelerated aging tests to ensure long term reliability. For external lighting systems, high intensity LEDs allow for maximum illumination where it's needed most. To meet any design need, 3M offers a wide variety of thermal management materials with proven track record to absorb and reflect heat away from critical systems.
    Here are just a couple examples of the products 3M provides: 

    3M Thermally Conductive Heat Spreading Tape

    3M™ Thermally Conductive Heat Spreading Tape (TCoHST) 9876 is designed to provide excellent heat spreading performance on the x-y plane direction. 3M™ Adhesives for electronics offer an advanced new approach to bonding. Their superior depth of cure, rapid cure speed and easy dispensability can save valuable processing time in UV and visible light curing assembly environments.

    3M Thermally Conductive Interface Pad Sheet

    3M™ 5592S Thermally Conductive Silicone Interface Pads are designed to provide a preferential heat-transfer path between heat-generating and cooling devices (e.g., fans, heat pipes and heat sinks). 
    3M Thermal Interface Materials have been proven to provide reliability and high thermal performance in a variety of challenging environmental conditions. This means that 3M products will meet the demanding needs of your custom applications today and in the future. Fabrico then works with your device engineers early in the design stage to determine the proper material(s) and process necessary to fully manage the thermal challenge. 3M materials can then be custom die-cut to fit the design footprint. No matter your application, our experts are ready to help you solve your toughest thermal management challenges, with comprehensive support and time-tested knowledge. 
    Get your custom solution started now. Contact Fabrico to see how we can help with your thermal management needs.
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