Look up right now at the lights in the room. Chances are if you’re at work you’re looking at some fluorescent lights. If so, there’s a very good chance that the fluorescent light cover covering the bulb is plastic. Plastic is modern marvel and is used in virtually every product that is produced in our country. When it comes to light covers, plastic excels because it is stronger than glass and will not break easily if dropped or hit. Plastic also tends to have lower heat conduction, meaning that it won’t get as hot to the touch when the light is on.
However, there are some drawbacks to plastic light covers. They can look cheap, they can trap debris and bugs inside, and as they age they have the tendency to discolor and look unsightly. So, if you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional fluorescent light cover, we’d like to introduce you to a shinier, sexier, and longer lasting option – metal fluorescent light covers.
So why an aluminum fluorescent light cover?
Light distribution. Since metal isn’t transparent or even translucent, the aluminum light diffusers are typically a cross-hatched pattern checkering the entire area of the light tube. This means the light isn’t directly filtered along much of the area and can shine directly in the room. Also, because metal reflects light, a metal diffuser can actually help a room appear brighter than a plastic cover would.
Different Styles. Not a lot to say here. Many plastic diffusers that cover your typical long fluorescent tubes only come in a couple of basic, acrylic finishes. Metal covers can be crosshatched, parallel, slanted and can come in chrome, brushed or alternate color finishes.
Durability. The UV wavelengths from fluorescent light can discolor and break down the polymers in plastic covers over time. This makes them unsightly and more prone to cracking. Metals like aluminum do not react with light I this way, meaning that they will retain their structural integrity and their finish for decades. In fact, it takes aluminum between 200-500 years to decompose. Now that’s durable.
Attractiveness. Plastic has always been an innovative material that can be quickly molded into any shape and is cost-effective. However, plastic has never really been considered an attractive material because it is cheap. Metals on the other hand have always been used not only for their strength and malleability, but also their attractive luster.
Greener. Metals, especially aluminum are routinely recycled and reused. Chances are your new aluminum fluorescent light diffusers will have been responsibly sourced moreso than their plastic counterparts.
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At Diffuser Specialist we offer plastic light diffusers and aluminum fluorescent light covers to satisfy the needs of all our customers. View our available, on-shelf products today. And remember, if we don’t have it – we’ll make it!