Light pipe features frosted surface for softer glow

15th December 2015
Nat Bowers

Featuring a diffused, frosted surface texture for enhanced scattering of bright field light (to provide a softer glow), VCC has announced a family of rigid light pipes. The 3mm LFB series and 5mm LFC series light pipes easily extend light from the board to the desired surface for applications where bright, hot indication would not be pleasing to the eye.

This includes audio/video equipment, IoT equipment, darkroom equipment, home entertainment systems, medical equipment, security systems, studio control panels and transportation dashboards.

Made of optical grade polycarbonate for maximum light transmission, the LFB and LFC series light pipes have a round surface that reduces the luminous intensity, provides uniform brightness and offers a wide viewing angle of 120°.

Providing significant assembly time and cost savings, the low-profile LFB and LFC series have crushable ribs and press fit (front) terminations that simplify the production environment and ease installation.

The light pipes are available in a wide range of lengths to simplify PCB positioning in relation to the display panel. Standard lengths range from 3.2 to 25.4mm (0.125 to 1.000”) with custom lengths available upon request. They are RoHS and Reach compliant.

For high vibration applications, VCC offers field-proven retainer clips that provide a secure and uniform placement of the light pipe to the panel. The RTN112 retainer secures the LFB 3mm light pipe and the RTN125 retainer secures the LFC 5mm light pipe.

Sannah Vinding, Director of Product Development & Marketing, VCC, commented: "Our diffused light pipe products are designed with a frosted surface designed for operation in dark environments where a bright indicator is not required and may even be an annoyance to spectators. The frosted diffused light pipe takes the edge off the brightness, while still offering a 120° viewing angle."

The LFB series light pipes with RTN112 retainers and LFC series light pipes with RTN125 retainers will be available in stock before the end of 2015.

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