Heat reflective materials
Stay cool without fighting for more light
Letting in the right amount of sunlight is a bit of balancing act. In public areas, houses, and open working environments, plenty of light is known to be good for the spirits. Then there are greenhouses, where plants require moderate temperatures for strong and steady growth but also need plenty of natural light – ideally, diffused visible sunlight. But well-being soon starts to suffer when the temperature gets too hot. As much as humans and plants love and need sunlight to flourish, there’s nothing worse than oppressive heat. This is especially true in enclosed areas.
The conventional method for reducing indoor temperatures under sunlight is to use shading systems or special lacquers. These do a good job of turning down the heat, but often also completely cut out visible sunlight.
The most effective way to deliver thermal control and achieve the right lighting conditions is therefore to use glass panels with a coating that reflects infrared (IR) light. And the best way to formulate these IR-reflecting coatings is to add our Iriotec® 9000 pigments.
Read on to explore how our heat reflecting pigments can help you to beat the heat.
Our coolest solution for heat control
The translucent, IR-reflecting pigments in our Iriotec® 9000 range not only help reflect the heat but have also been optimized to let in the right amount of natural light. As well as allowing you to beat the heat, they are also resilient under all kinds of weather conditions. This makes them ideal for a variety of high-performance exterior applications, even when exposed to high humidity and strong ultraviolet light. Iriotec® 9000 pigments reflect the invisible heat radiation caused by sunlight but allow the majority of visible light to pass through. They can be used in a wide range of applications:
- Skylight windows
- Glass-covered walkways
- Indoor arenas
These pigments offer properties similar to sun-protection filters used in other areas. They can be added to all kinds of transparent substrates and be used in:
- Color films, foils, and sheets
- Co-extrusion applications
- Coatings and paints
- Printing applications