Illuminating a path for high-performance LED lighting: Bayer plastics help optimize function and benefits of LED luminaires

Santa Clara, Calif., February 25, 2014 — The LED revolution is upon us. LED lighting is becoming the preferred lighting choice in nearly every setting, including where we live, work and play. Its success is driven by several factors: LED lighting appeals to consumers and other end users seeking a more energy-efficient lighting option while also offering a long service life, customized level of light dispersion and increased durability when compared with traditional, incandescent light bulbs or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. In this competitive market, manufacturers are eager to set themselves apart.

“High-performance polycarbonates from Bayer MaterialScience LLC provide lighting manufacturers with a way to develop products that meet high technical requirements and the expectations of their customers,” said Kevin Dunay, Electrical market segment leader, Polycarbonates, Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

Kenall Lighting turned to Makrolon® polycarbonate plastic from Bayer to optimize the function and benefits of its luminaires. Bayer offers Makrolon polycarbonate grades specifically developed for use in LED lighting. These specialized material grades were attractive to Kenall, as they offer improved light transmission and efficiency when compared with competitive products.

“The properties provided by Makrolon LED grades not only enhance the product, but also enhance consumers’ experience,” said Karen Heroldt, field market development – Midwest region, Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

Kenall utilizes Makrolon polycarbonate for secondary and tertiary optics within parking garages and its high bay product line. In addition to its Makrolon polycarbonate, Bayer provided multiple mold-flow analyses and technical assistance, as well as design support to help Kenall optimize light output and light transmission in its luminaires.

“Bayer’s materials, in combination with intelligent design, efficient power electronics and state-of-the art LED sources, allow us to boast product efficacies that are among the highest in the market, as reported by the Department of Energy’s LED Light Facts program,” explained Nathan Heiking, advanced lighting product manager, Kenall Lighting. “We’re very pleased with the complete offering Bayer delivered – the performance of the company’s polycarbonate and the technical support they provided.”

Attendees at Strategies in Light, Feb. 25-27, in Santa Clara, Calif., can visit Bayer’s booth #519 for more details about material technology for lighting applications from Bayer.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,500 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2012 sales of 11.5 billion euros. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

About Kenall Manufacturing:

Kenall Lighting, located in Gurnee, IL, produces and supports high quality and durable lighting solutions for the most demanding environments. Since its inception in 1963, Kenall has been known for superior quality, exceptional value and durable solutions, and it is proud to provide specialized healthcare and transportation applications, sealed lighting for containment or clean spaces, and security lighting for detention facilities. Kenall products are designed and manufactured in the USA and meet the guidelines established under the Buy American Act and the North American Free Trade Agreement. For additional information, visit

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC's LED materials and technologies, call 1-800-662-2927, email or visit

For more information about Kenall Lighting and its products, call 800-4-KENALL (536255), or visit

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