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Acrylic Versus Polycarbonate Plastic Globes for Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Oct 25th 2016

There are many styles, sizes, and shapes to choose from when shopping for plastic light globes. The specifications for plastic light globes are dependent on the location and application of the globes and most style decisions are simple to make. For example, with the help of a handy tape measure, one can quickly determine how big a plastic globe should be to fit a particular light fixture. Then there are the occasionally more complex style decisions, such as: which to choose, acrylic or polycarbonate?

Both acrylic and polycarbonate plastics have benefits and drawbacks. If you are someone trying to decide between acrylic and polycarbonate for your plastic light globe purchase, then Superior Lighting can help you out. Superior Lighting carries a wide selection of plastic light globes in every type of style, size, and shape, which are all available in acrylic and polycarbonate. Let’s find out which option would be the ideal choice for your lighting application.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Acrylic Light Globes

Light globes made from acrylic are durable, but they are not the most durable light globe option available. In fact, if dropped, acrylic light globes are susceptible to breaking. Compared to light globes made from polycarbonate, acrylic light globes are also more likely to chip and have less impact resistance.

The best quality of acrylic light globes is that they do not yellow overtime. Also, they provide the best light clarity and if ever diminished the optical clarity can be restored with polishing.

When appearances matter, acrylic light globes are suggested. For industrial locations or any place where more durable light globes are required, polycarbonate light globes are recommended.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Polycarbonate Light Globes

Polycarbonate light globes have poorer clarity than acrylic light globes, which makes them diffuse light. They also tend to yellow over time, especially when exposed to ultraviolet light. The reason polycarbonate light globes are used is because they are extremely durable, which is why they are more likely to be used for industrial applications. Polycarbonate light globes can endure more abuse than acrylic light globes and if dropped they will not break.

Acrylic and Polycarbonate Light Globes Offered by Superior Lighting

Superior Lighting supplies 3 styles of light globe openings: threaded lip, neckless, and plain lip. Each style comes in various sizes and color options.

Threaded Lip Opening Light Globes

Threaded lip acrylic light globes have a 3.25-inch opening and are 6-inch in diameter, which is the height of the globe. Customers can order threaded lip light globes in clear acrylic, clear ribbed acrylic, smoke acrylic, white acrylic, or white lexan polycarbonate.

Neckless Opening Light Globes

Acrylic plastic globes with neckless openings are available in diameters ranging between 8 inches and 22 inches. Neckless plastic globes are typically fixed to the top of light poles and secured to a fitter with clamps, springs, and screws. Superior Lighting offers neckless acrylic plastic globes in clear acrylic, clear ribbed acrylic, and smoke acrylic.

Plain Lip Opening Light Globes

Superior Lighting’s selection of acrylic light globes offers 3.25-inch and 4-inch acrylic light globes with plain lip openings. Plain lip light globes are held in place with thumbscrews. Customers can choose between 6, 8, 10, and 12-inch diameters, in addition to white acrylic, clear acrylic, ribbed acrylic, and smoke acrylic color options.

Order Plastic Light Globes From Superior Lighting Today

View Superior Lighting’s entire collection of acrylic and polycarbonate light globes on our website. If you have questions about the plastic light globes our company supplies or you need assistance choosing the right globe for your light application, then do not hesitate to reach out to Superior Lighting’s friendly and helpful staff. Call us at 1-800-545-7778 or fill out our online contact form to speak with a lighting expert today.

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