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Acrylic Versus Lucite: What’s the Difference? Is Either Better Than Glass?

Before answering the question of what the difference between the two is let’s examine some other products that are in the same situation. Kleenex, Scotch tape, Band-aid, Vaseline, Lucite. What do all of these items have in common? They’re all brand names that have taken the place of the product name itself. Lucite is a high quality, trademarked version of acrylic resin developed by DuPont in 1937. Acrylic plastics can be used as replacements for glass in many products, with varying degrees of visual and constructive qualities. Lucite is an acrylic plastic resin used primarily in windows and fashionable interior and furniture design due to its strength, crystal transparency, and flexibility along with its resistance to UV rays, wind, and water.

Not all acrylic is created equal. Some acrylic is low quality and may not be as clear or resistant to the elements as a higher grade acrylic plastic, such as Lucite. Lucite is used in our acrylic pull handles and knobs as we only use the best materials. Lucite is crystal clear and scratch resistant, meaning that it won’t lose that perfect look the first time someone opens the door. Lucite is incredibly flexible for a material with its strength, making it perfect to use in the creation of custom or exotically designed knobs and handles. It can also be colored by adding dyes, pigments, and other substances to create a one of a kind look. The reason we here at First Impressions International use Lucite is because we believe in using only the highest quality materials to create the best products on the market. Our customers deserve nothing but the best and we wouldn’t work any other way. In short there is no real difference between Acrylic and Lucite, Lucite is just the best version of acrylic on the market. When a company says they are selling acrylic products the quality may run the gamut from poor to the highest possible, there’s no way of knowing until you see the product itself. Since we use Lucite in our products the quality is always of the highest order, whether that is a custom designed piece, a totally translucent handle, or a multi-colored knob, our products are held to the highest standards.

Since Lucite is a specific type of acrylic, namely the best, comparing it to glass is the next step in discussing why we choose to use it in our products. Glass was the standard bearer for clear home fixtures for a long time. With the development and advent of Lucite home and business fixtures and Acrylic furniture, especially following WWII where it had been used exhaustively for military purposes, glass became less prevalent over time. Today Lucite continues to see many uses in home furnishing, mainly due to the strength of the material and its break resistant nature; making it safer to use as furniture and functional pieces. While strength is a key factor in using Lucite, the material is also incredibly flexible, weighs less than glass, and is even clearer than glass. All of these factors, especially the safety, weight, and malleability of Lucite makes it the superior option for creating pull handles, knobs, curtain rods, and other deluxe home hardware.