There is a glaring change happening in lighting technology!:
Humans have been using specular reflective materials for so long that we are trained to associate glare with light output. It’s only natural; specular metals are abundant, are usable in their raw form, and have been around since earth’s creation. Well before we were digging mines with a tin lamp and a wax candle, repetition from the retina to the brain established an association of glare and light output. We still think of anything shiny as reflective.
Specular metals are typically heat resistant, and often remain the reflector of choice where the light source/ lamp(s) create substantial heat. This is true whether the source of power is oil or HID.
The introduction of solid state lighting (LED’s) has changed the heat source, reflector choice equation. The choices of reflective materials in LED light fixtures are no longer constrained to those with characteristics of high heat resistance.
This has led to the development of new technologies and reflective materials, some of which are more efficient reflectors of light than their specular peers. The technologies incorporated into these synthetic materials create a highly efficient reflector, producing both a higher quantity and better quality of light. ORCA Grow Film® contains the leading technology in this engineered synthetic reflective material field.
As LED’s continue to advance, so will the technology in synthetic reflective materials. Have you noticed, with all the reflective material in the world to choose from, not one Hydroponic LED fixture has chosen a metallic specular reflector?