LED profiles, also known as LED channels or LED strip diffusers, are usually made from aluminum and plastic due to their lightweight, durability, and excellent heat-dissipating properties. Here's a closer look at these materials:
- Aluminum: The primary part of an LED profile, the channel that houses the LED strip, is typically made from aluminum. This material is a great choice because it's lightweight, sturdy, and has excellent thermal conductivity, meaning it can help to dissipate the heat generated by the LED strip and extend its lifespan. Aluminum profiles can be either anodized, painted, or raw, depending on the desired aesthetics.
- Plastic: The cover or diffuser that goes over the LED strip within the profile is usually made from a type of plastic such as polycarbonate or acrylic. These materials are used because they are clear, durable, and can help to diffuse the light from the LED strip, resulting in a softer and more uniform light output. They can be clear for maximum light output or frosted to help further diffuse the light and reduce hot spots.
Additionally, the end caps and mounting brackets used with LED profiles are often made from plastic or metal.
It's also worth noting that while aluminum is the most common material for LED profiles due to its thermal and physical properties, some profiles may also be made from other materials such as plastic or steel, particularly for certain specialized or decorative applications. As always, it's important to choose an LED profile that is suitable for your specific needs and installation environment.