3M Precision Lighting Elements
Begin with 3M's intimate understanding of advanced materials. Combine those materials in thin films with hundreds of layers. Integrate with 3M's unmatched ability to create microscopic structures on films (and other surfaces). By mixing these and other technologies, 3M manipulates light to transform everyday products. Signs are brighter and easier to read. Security markings seem to float above documents. Electronic displays are more vivid and more colourful - but draw less power.
Be seen, be noticed
Few forces shape our lives more than light, and 3M is working to understand the interplay of light and surfaces in myriad ways. One output of this work is reflective material. Walkers, runners, children and cyclists all need to be seen to be noticed by motorists. Wearing footwear and clothing made with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material helps increase the chance of being seen. Hot brands like Brooks, Adidas and even Harley Davidson incorporate it into their footwear, clothing and accessories.
The science of retro-reflection
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material relies on retro-reflection. Retro-reflection occurs when light rays are reflected back in the direction from which they came, such as from a car’s headlights, which helps allow motorists to perceive reflective materials in low-light conditions.
Performance and fashion come together
Whether at work or play, 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material helps you be seen at dawn, dusk or in the dark. And designers can easily incorporate it into all kinds of footwear, garments and accessories.
- First Application Scotchlite™ reflective sheeting (1938)
- Now Innovating Architectural Lighting
- What We’ve Done 12 new LED lighting arrays (Todd Bracher, Designboom article), 360-degree visibility on Harley Davidson clothing
- Markets Architecture, Electronics, Security, Visibility
- Core Products Confirm™, Diamond Grade™, 3M™ Optical Films, Scotchlite™
- 3M Business Unit Industrial, Electronics & Energy, Safety & Graphics
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material
At work or play, 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material helps you be seen in all weather conditions.
See high-tech materials transform into beautiful home lighting.
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