(Niles, IL) A.L.P.® has expanded our industry-leading optical silicone molding capabilities by purchasing molding machines and other key assets from Sur-Seal LLC. The equipment is installed in the Charlevoix, MI facility and is operational. As a result, A.L.P. will have six presses capable of molding Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) in Charlevoix and has plans to expand this technology to our Monterrey, MX facility in fiscal year 2023. Sur-Seal, in turn, will turn their focus to the core business of producing silicone gaskets.
“A.L.P. sees a great future in optical silicone molding for LED outdoor, industrial and automotive lighting applications,” states Tom Barnes, Vice President and Business Unit Manager. “The opportunity to cooperate with Sur-Seal in this equipment transfer, as they transition out of LSR optics, puts A.L.P. in a strong position to fulfill that emerging demand,” he adds.
A.L.P.’s tie-barless molding machines have advanced production features, including a built-in conveyor, ERC robot, Electro Servo injection, and coining technology. We can currently mold silicone parts up to 200 square inches. This precision silicone equipment, combined with our tooling and optical engineering expertise, makes A.L.P. a superior business partner to quickly take projects from concept to production.
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(Niles, IL) A.L.P. is pleased to announce the introduction of the Lineman™, a new utility-grade post-top globe. Designed to illuminate walkways, parks, and roadways, the Lineman features a nostalgic, turn-of-the-century shape with modern material choices for an economical alternative to other performance globes.
It is versatile, attractive, and affordable. The Lineman features a configurable top so that the appearance can be customized for any application. In addition, multiple finished shapes can be created by adding cap or finial options.
This new utility-grade post-top is easy to install and maintain. The innovative locking design allows the top and bottom to be efficiently shipped and then permanently field assembled with no tools. Manufactured in acrylic for longevity without discoloration, the Lineman is compatible with LED lamp sources and poles with a height of 10’ to 20’.
The Lineman is the latest addition to the 400 Series injection molded post-tops from the A.L.P. LexaLite brand. It can be shipped economically in two or three pieces. In addition, it has the same maximum diameter (15.9”) as A.L.P.’s popular The Lindy® refractor, offering the potential for component sharing.
For OEM and retrofit applications, A.L.P.’s traditionally styled Lineman post-top globe is a less expensive alternative to other performance optics that does not compromise on the durability and versatility integral to the 400 Series.
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(Niles, IL) A.L.P. Lighting Components is pleased to announce the introduction of Sentry® Barricade™, a new 4-ft injection-molded low-profile lens. It is the newest addition to A.L.P.’s line of rugged lenses for the flagship Sentry® Series enclosed and gasketed fixture kits. Featuring a contemporary look and outstanding performance, the new lens modernizes the Sentry Series line while maintaining the existing benefits of robust construction and a large compartment size.
Designed by the injection molding experts from A.L.P. LexaLite®, Sentry Barricade’s molded-in texture offers superior lamp hiding. In addition, a new gasket compression rib results in superior sealing for extreme environments.
The Sentry Barricade lens is available in clear acrylic, Lumieo® (frosted acrylic), and clear polycarbonate. Regardless of the light source, the clear and Lumieo options provide visual comfort while maintaining high efficacy. The clear polycarbonate version will stand up to applications requiring impact resistance and is a more economical choice than A.L.P.’s current thermoformed offering.
Suspended vaportight Sentry enclosures are suitable for wet, damp, dusty, and cold applications such as parking garages, car washes, industrial buildings, and horticultural spaces. Samples are available now.
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(Niles, IL) Lighting is critical in surgical settings to maximize visibility, minimize eye fatigue, and enable the medical team to focus on the surgical operation. A.L.P. recently introduced the DASSL™ (Diffuse Asymmetric Symmetric Surgery Lens) for recessed or surface mounted luminaires in operating rooms.
The new biased diffuse microstructure lens provides improved LED hiding power, smooth distribution, and both symmetrical (along axis) and asymmetrical (cross axis) lighting distributions. This optical distribution directs more light on a targeted work surface. Unlike linear optic lenses, lamp alignment has less impact on distribution.
“Surgical lighting is overdue for optical improvements,” states Tom Barnes, Vice President and Business Unit Manager for A.L.P.’s LexaLite brand. “DASSL lenses replace traditional linear prismatic lenses by taking advantage of microstructure optics,” he adds.
DASSL lenses are designed for 2’ x 4’ fixtures, but custom sizes are also available. An optional RFI shielding grid also is offered to protect from electromagnetic interference. RFI Shielding allows fixtures to comply with the MIL-STD-461(E) standard. Samples are now available.
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Are you struggling to meet the Standard requirements? LexaLite® Reflexor® reflectors can help you achieve the glare control numbers you need!
Design Lights Consortium (DLC) evaluates light fixtures against increasingly stringent standards of performance. Most recently, DLC published v5.1, which not only addresses fixture efficacy, color issues, and zonal distribution but also puts a value on glare reduction. The metric used is the Unified Glare Rating (UGR). If you are trying to qualify for DLC Premium, DLC requires that you meet the glare criteria.
In A.L.P.’s testing, we compared a bare “UFO” highbay with the same fixture adding both our LENA 16™ and S16 reflectors. Using the prescribed criteria, this test yielded the following results: bare UFO =23.9, with LENA 16 = 13.1 and with S16 = 10.9, respectively. Highbays need to be less than 22 to qualify for DLC Premium.
What if you are just struggling to meet DLC Standard LPW for your highbay? DLC now provides a 10% allowance if your fixture meets the criteria for UGR. Adding a prismatic reflector reduces LPW by 3-7%, and you gain 10% with the allowance!
Even the extremely shallow and economical Lena 16 has a significant impact on UGR. Why? It’s just math. Glare is based on several factors, including high angle light, size of the source, and background luminance. Our Reflexors improve all of these factors.
- Reflexors reduce high angle light, providing a shielding angle relative to their depth.
- Bare UFOs are essentially flat luminous surfaces. Reflexors increase the luminous volume dramatically
- Reflexors provide uplight, which increases the background luminance.
These three factors improve visual comfort and make adding a LexaLite Reflexor an easy choice! Make a better highbay while meeting DLC requirements for Glare by using LexaLite Brand Reflexors.
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The importance of reflectors on LED highbays.
Do you ever wear a baseball cap or sunglasses? Ever use your car visor? These shielding actions reduce glare, or “bad” light that detracts from our ability to see. In a factory, warehouse, or retail facility, highbays are installed to light the space, but if the highbays are unshielded, glare interferes with what we can see. In commercial settings, glare is more than an inconvenience. This low visibility can hurt safety, productivity, and health.
Below are three photometry tests on the same highbay. The first with no reflector, the second with a shallow reflector, and the third with a deeper reflector. The glare reduction, while having little impact on lumen output, is dramatic.
Using a reflector, not only are high angle candela reduced, but they are also emitted over a much larger surface area, reducing high angle luminance by a hundredfold! If your facility has light-colored ceilings, installing reflectors has the added benefit of producing uplight. Uplight further reduces apparent brightness, eliminates the “cave” effect, and makes the space feel larger.
LexaLite® brand glare shields, from the economical and shallow LENA 16™ to the deep, high-performance S16, kill the glare without killing the light. Specify the LENA 16 or S16 by LexaLite on your next highbay project. We can customize the mounting mechanism to fit virtually any highbay.
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