Discoloration or yellowing of the diffuser cover on your LED profile can occur due to several factors:
- UV Exposure: If your LED profile is in an area where it is exposed to UV light (like sunlight), the UV radiation can cause the diffuser, typically made from plastic, to yellow over time. This is a common issue with many types of plastics and can be particularly noticeable with white or clear diffusers.
- Heat: LED strips generate heat, and over time, this heat can cause some types of plastic to discolor. This is more likely if the LED strip is high power or if the profile isn't providing enough heat dissipation.
- Age: Like many materials, plastics can undergo natural aging processes that result in yellowing or discoloration. This process can be accelerated by factors like heat and UV exposure but can still occur even under ideal conditions, albeit more slowly.
- Material Quality: The quality of the plastic used in the diffuser can also impact how quickly it discolors. High-quality plastics with UV stabilizers and heat-resistant properties will generally resist discoloration better than cheaper materials.
- Chemical Exposure: Certain chemicals, including some cleaning products, can react with the plastic and cause discoloration. Always use cleaning products that are safe for plastics and follow the manufacturer's cleaning recommendations.
If the diffuser on your LED profile is noticeably discolored, the best solution is usually to replace it. Most LED profiles are designed to allow for easy replacement of the diffuser. When choosing a replacement, consider looking for one that's rated for UV resistance and/or high temperatures, especially if the profile is in a sunny location or uses a high-power LED strip.