BLACK PANEL EFFECT with PLEXIGLAS®

Learn more about our PLEXIGLAS® neutral gray colors

The effect is amazing: When turned off, a display appears to seamlessly be a part of a high-gloss panel, however, when turned on, it clearly depicts the information presented in true colors. This effect, known as the black panel effect, is being used in many applications in the automotive industry and can only be implemented using materials in special, neutral gray colors.

To show the interaction between transmission and wall thickness of a component, we have created this sample box including all available neutral gray special colorings. This sample box will be of great help selecting the right product for a specific component.

Typical applications

  • interior and exterior lighting
  • illuminated buttons and switches
  • lighting elements for household appliances
  • optics with reduced light/dark contrast

PLEXIGLAS® molding compounds offer many possibilities to combine light with the desired functionality and the product. The Demo Tool for Diffusor Grades provides an overview of light-diffusing materials for try-out and learn more about the achivable effects. Depending on the way of illuminating an optical component the various grades of PLEXIGLAS® molding compounds lead to a different desired effect.

Effects

  • Forward scattering
  • Combination of forward and backward scattering
  • Wavelength-dependent diffusivity
  • Reduction of LED hot spots in small installation spaces
  • Accents with ambient light and
  • Displays with dark panel effect for discreet visualizations

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Technical data for developers

  • Goniometer data in 1-3mm available (on request)
  • Data packages for optic simulation tools (on request)
  • Technical data sheet with main material characteristics
All PLEXIGLAS® grades of diffusor box

Transmittance in % and wall thickness

Product 1mm 2mm 3mm 4mm
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V268 89.66 87.21 84.89 81.82
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V269 86.28 81.03 75.89 70.68
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V270 89 3.0 Direct lit or edge lit Direct lit or edge lit
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V271 89 11.0 Direct lit or edge lit Direct lit or edge lit
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V272 88 4.0 Direct lit or edge lit Direct lit or edge lit
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V265 83 18.0 Direct lit or edge lit Direct lit or edge lit
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V273 76 27.0 Direct lit or edge lit Direct lit or edge lit
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V205 65 38.5 Direct lit or edge lit Direct lit or edge lit
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V274 75 16.0 Direct lit or edge lit Direct lit or edge lit
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V275 66 8.0 Direct lit Direct lit
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V336 72 29.0 Direct lit Direct lit
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V338 84 20.0 Direct lit Direct lit
PLEXIGLAS® 8N 7V337 27 22.0 Direct lit Direct lit
PLEXIGLAS® LED 8N gray 7V376 61 32.5 Direct lit or edge lit Direct lit or edge lit

PLEXIGLAS® Satinice

PLEXIGLAS® Satinice df20-23

  • highest transmission and forward scattering
  • good combination for Back-Lit and Edge-Lit
  • velvet surface in extrusion

PLEXIGLAS® Satinice df white

  • Wide choice of light scattering, color appearance and transmission
  • velvet surfaces in the extrusion

PLEXIGLAS® Satinice df gray

  • Black panel effect (perfect combination of coverage and high light transmittance) for housing components displays for selective communication ambient lighting design

PLEXIGLAS® LED

PLEXIGLAS® LED white

  • Less or even no hot spots with thin wall thicknesses
  • Optimal balance between light scattering and transmittance

PLEXIGLAS® LED gray

  • Black panel effect as a perfect combination of high coverage and light transmittance for housing components or displays for selective communication or ambient lighting design

PLEXIGLAS® [colored]

PLEXIGLAS® white

  • Good light diffusion, transmittance and reflection in combination with a bright white appearance

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PLEXIGLAS® Satinice

PLEXIGLAS® LED

PLEXIGLAS® [colored]