Dummy lamps

Currently, there are a wide variety of lamps having various characteristics that differ in style and types of lighting. A rather important function is performed by diffusers for lamps, which provide uniform distribution of light flux rays.


The scattens, or plafones are an optional part of the lamp, they perform a secondary role, but there are situations where their presence is simply necessary. For example, to protect against unnecessary lighting, as this product is a kind of light filter, or a change in the design of the lighting device. In these situations, it is much more rational to install another plastic than to purchase a new lamp.

The diffuser as an element of the design of the lighting device performs a number of important functions:

  1. Distributes light from the main source, creating uniform lighting.
  2. Protects eyes from bright light.
  3. Performs the function of protecting the lamp from all sorts of mechanical impacts, as well as dust, moisture and insects.
  4. Is an excellent addition to the overall interior design.

An important characteristic of lamps with diffusers associated with the appliance area is the angle of dispersion, under which the area is understood where light flows from the source.

LED lamps having different dispersion angles make it possible to create integrated lighting devices that allow you to solve several design tasks at the same time.

Material of manufacture

For the manufacture of diffusers, a variety of materials are used, each of which affects the degree of refraction and dispersion of light radiation. Also on the quality of the material, some properties of the flame are dependent – these are durability, and resistance to mechanical effects, and reliability, and frost resistance.

Material for lampshar can be common or acrylic glass, thermoplastic, monolithic polycarbonate, light scattering plastic, various metals, etc.

Plafones from glass Used long ago, and for no one are the secret advantages and disadvantages of such products. The main disadvantage of glass plafones is their fragility, but the beautiful view of the design makes this material quite popular.

In some cases, products use products as a diffuser From Crystal. This is quite expensive pleasure, and not every luxury can be allowed.

Thermoplastic diffusers retain the original appearance for a long time, provide unchanged color of the ceiling for a long period due to light-stopping additives.

Monolithic polycarbonate – It is the most durable material that ensures reliable protection against mechanical effects, highly resistant to high temperatures. From the whole sheet, you can create a plane of any shape and sizes. This is an inexpensive material with high transparency, but the aesthetic side leaves much to be desired.

In the production of metal diffusers, they are used mainly, Aluminum and Steel, they perform the role of the reflector, and also direct the flow of light.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) Popular enough, although polycarbonate is inferior in a number of properties. The temperature limit causes its use as ceiling for LED and fluorescent lamps.


According to the type of design, light scatters are divided into partially and completely closed. Fully closed plafones are more protected from unnecessary lighting. Also, the diffusers can be matte or transparent, have a smooth or corrugated surface.

A large number of types of formulating lights are presented on the market, which are separated by the texture of the material, but in practice five major are most popular. They are made of polystyrene – plexiglas resistant to UV rays, preserving transparency over the entire period of operation and characterized by beautiful appearance.

There are such models of diffusers.

  • “Prism” has a prismatic material structure, reduces the brightness and degree of dispersion of light flow. Material thickness – 2.5 mm, light-resistant – 85%. Microprism – a stuffing of durable, durable polystyrene having a small geometric pattern, thickness 2.0 mm, light-resistant – 83%.
  • “Cheerful ice” Externally similar to the diffuser “Microprism”, but has a different texture that creates the effect of brinking ice. Polystyrene thickness – 2.5 mm, light-resistant – 88%.

  • “Honeycomb” It received its name at the expense of an invoice resembling bee honeycombs, the thickness of the material PMMA – 3 mm, light-resistant – 85%.
  • “PIN SPOT” has a point structure, thickness – 2.5 mm, light-resistant – 89%.
  • “Opal” It features a matte surface that gives the lighting slightly yellowish shade, used mainly for certain design purposes, thickness – 1.5 mm, light-resistant – 73%.

How to choose?

When choosing a diffuser, first of all, it is necessary to determine the requirements for the lighting device. In any case, the aesthetic data and safety of the lamp must be organically combined. Special attention should be paid to the degree of light source. Depending on the site of using the lamp, it is necessary to take into account the special requirements for the ceiling: the presence of protection against mechanical effects and unfavorable conditions, the level of fire safety.

Use incandescent lamps more recommended power is strictly prohibited.

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