Avon Lake, Ohio — Bright ideas are leading the way at compounding leader PolyOne Corp.
Avon Lake-based PolyOne recently commercialized grades of its Resilience LS-brand PVC compounds into lighting applications. The materials are being used in luminaire housings made by Hinkley Lighting Inc., which also is based in Avon Lake.
"There's been a big increase in LED lighting, which is now outselling all other lighting technologies," PolyOne executive David Persing said in a recent interview in Avon Lake. "That's created challenges and opportunities for PVC. LED lights last a long time, so the materials around them have to last a long time as well."
PolyOne's Resilience LS materials have the flame retardance and UV resistance needed to compete with traditional metal and glass materials in luminaire housings, officials said. UV stabilizers can be used to prevent yellowing in the housings, while other additives can be used to create different levels of light diffusion, Persing added.