From an applications perspective silicones are key to enabling high growth
applications of LEDs including:
Due to their excellent thermal and photo stability silicones greatly extend
the useful life of LEDs. This stability, and thus longer device lifetime,
is critical for high reliability applications such as automotive. This can
also be especially important for blue and white LEDs which can degrade other
encapsulating or lens materials. These blue and white LEDs are key to
capturing new markets and applications in general lighting where it is expected
that LEDs will provide greater efficiency, longer lifetimes, and economic
payback in replacing traditional lighting sources.
There are a variety of applications that have been initially targeted by
high brightness LED manufacturers. Just some of the advantages of these
devices include their lower power consumption, long service life and design
flexibility as compared to traditional lighting systems.