Why Stainless Steel Does Not Corrode When Used as External Metal in LED Lighting?
Light Emitting Diode or LEDs are used for both home and business. It can be used in any mobile electronic advertising, electronic billboards, street lights, home lights, garden lights, Christmas lights and décor and the list could go on. In fact, there are many LEDs that could suit your specifications. Whether you use it indoor or outdoor, LED lights bear the same durability and longevity; LEDs for outdoor use passed a rigid weather test that could withstand cold, heat, and shock. However, using the right external metal for your LED lighting is equally important. Thus, the use of stainless steel is the best combination for your LEDs.
Stainless Steel for LEDs
Stainless steel is the preferred choice for external metal fittings and light casings for reasons like:
- Its appearance last longer.With regular cleaning and maintenance, stainless steel can retain its appearance for a longer time. But just like any other materials, it can become discolored or stained after some time, thus changing the look of your stainless steel casing.
- It is aesthetically attractive.You can choose different surface finishes for your stainless steel LED light casing. Whether you choose smooth finish, hairline finish or other rough surface finishes, stainless steel would look great. However, smooth surface finishes are easier to clean and maintain against ‘tea staining’. Unlike with rough surfaces with deep grooves, salts orcontaminants accumulate in the groves. Even smooth stainless steel finishes in coastal environments may show tea staining if not washed regularly.
- It has different luminaries. Choosing the right stainless steel grade will determine the thickness of your LED light casing. It also affects the steel’s luminaries. Like if you live near the sea, choosing 316 stainless steel Gradewill keep your LED casing endure or resist environment that contributes to discoloration. However, if you choose lesser priced stainless steel grades like 202 or 304, you LED casing will likely becomediscolored and may corrode.
This ‘tea staining’ ordiscolorationonly appears in the surface of the stainless steel. When you live closer to the sea, say about 5kilometersaway, then ‘tea staining’ will likely happen. Other factors also affect the discoloration of your stainless steel like levels of pollution, exposure to wind, and high temperatures. Also, the nearer your stainless steel to seawater including swimming pools, ‘tea staining’ will occur. Yet, the good thing is, discoloration have no effect on the longevity or structural integrity of the stainless steel.
However, there is now a wonderful product available in the market to protect your stainless steel LED casing from corrosion. By using a distinct treatment, your stainless steel casing is protected from corrosion for many months. The treatment is ideal to remove ‘tea staining’, and it is ideal for allstainless steel grades, both used for indoor or outdoor LED lighting.