Optical Molding


Optical molders, like A.L.P. LexaLite®, know the importance of properly molded optics

  • A small sink in an LED lens or optic creates striations on the ground or wall, where uniformity matters.
  • Optical molders understand the relationship between prism radius and light leaks.
  • A TIR lens must have a surface quality that allows for Total Internal Reflection.

Optical molders understand lighting

  • Imitations are nothing more than aesthetic “ribbed bowls”
  • An imitator may look alike but “ real” optics put 35% more light on the floor
  • Copycats have improper prism angle and more generous peaks and roots
  • Our in-house optical engineering team can provide consultation on these vital details
  • A few degrees on a reflector surface mean the difference between  meeting a “medium” distribution or failing the specification

Optical molders give you the ability to verify lighting performance

  • EnergyStar buys random samples of fixtures to test performance, so every part must operate consistently
  • Your reputation is all you have, and if you are not using a molder with the ability to conduct measuring, you are both guessing.
  • Running photometry, UV and heat tests ensures that you make the right decisions and provide the best value

A.L.P. LexaLite maintains your mold to ensure repeatable performance

  • Your product specifications don’t change, so your product performance shouldn’t either
  • A.L.P. LexaLite properly builds and maintains molds to prevent the need for replacement tooling

An optical molder can offer constructive alternatives

  • It’s your job to be experts at making lighting fixtures and the molder’s job to help you:
    • Specify materials
    • Sesign the plastic part
    • Specify the mold construction, understanding the impact each decision has on the product performance.
  • Expert technical guidance will save you more than haggling for a lower piece price

Optical molders have lighting materials knowledge

  • There are tens of thousands of plastic materials and new ones are created every day
  • Refractive index actually makes a difference; transmittance isn’t the same as efficiency and spectral transmittance means something different for every light source
  • Over specifying can have nearly the same impact on your profitability as under specifying