What is LightScribe™?

Imagine taking a disc, inserting it into a drive and burning your data onto it. Nothing new there you are thinking, well now imagine taking that same disc, flipping it over in the same drive and then creating a professional-looking label that is laser-etched onto the discs surface.

Simple - just 'Burn, Flip, Burn' with LightScribe Direct Disc Labelling.

New LightScribe technology has now been launched. LightScribe Version 1.2 DVDs can now record at 16x speed and the print time has been reduced by 30%! A DVD disc surface can now be labelled in 21 minutes (reduced from 35 minutes). Many LightScribe drives may need a driver update to take full advantage of the new media. This is available from www.lightscribe.com.  

Our parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, has worked jointly with Hewlett-Packard (HP) to create these new discs to complement the development of LightScribe-enabled drives and software. 

LightScribe discs are now available with a colour background. Five background colours are available: red, orange, yellow, blue and green in addition to the original gold. Create customised, professional looking labels and use the colour background to organise collections of CD's and DVD's for business or personal use. To achieve the best quality labels, it is recommended that users periodically update their LightScribe System Software available at www.lightscribe.com .



How does it work?

Burn your tracks onto the data side of the disc. 

Flip the disc over to the label side and put it back in the drive. 

Burn your label by opening your LightScribe-enabled label-making software and 
choosing the CD template work area.

It really is that simple, but if you want a more technical explanation, see below.


Technical Explanation:

Your LightScribe-enabled CD/DVD disc drive contains a special laser that pumps light energy into a thin dye coating on the label side of the disc. The light from the laser causes a chemical change in the dye coating that shows up as a visible point on the disc. With laser precision, LightScribe delivers closely controlled light energy to multiple points on the disc as it spins in the drive. The result is a high-resolution reproduction of the artwork, text, or photos you composed in the software application.

How to use LightScribe CD-R media and get the Best Results?

For best results, use your LightScribe media in the following way:

Store in a cool dark place
Use promptly after opening
Keep the disc in its case with paper insert. Do not store in a case which has direct contact with the disc surface
Avoid unnecessarily touching the label surface and avoid contact with water, or oils.
If there are stains on the disc, wipe off using a soft cloth
Do not use any solvents, thinners, anti-static liquids or record cleaners to clean the surface
Do not write on the label surface or use sticky labels.
A deep scratch of the label surface may result in the disc surface changing colour.

LightScribe labels fade in a short period of time with a visible white powder coating.

The LightScribe label chemistry may react with some common materials. Among them is PVC commonly used in storage sleeves of  CD/DVD binders and wallets. The other chemicals to keep away from your LightScribe discs are Vitamin E, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), and alchohols. The last items are common in many hand lotions and hair care products. Recommended Resolution: Do not store your LightScribe discs in PVC sleeves. You can easily tell PVC by its strong "Plastic" smell. Store your LightScribe discs in Polypropylene, mylar, or Tyvek sleeves. These do not have any obvious odors. Also, keep your LightScribe discs away from hand lotions and hair care products. We recommend storing your LightScribe discs in individual jewel cases. Also avoid excessive heat (as seen inside cars in summer time) and direct sunlight to maintain the label and data side integrity of the LightScribe discs.

I have noticed that some of my Lightscribe labeled discs get a whitish powder on them. What is it?

The white powder you may see on some labeled discs results from crystallization of the label-side coating. It is not harmful and can easily be removed with a water-dampened cloth. Wiping the disc with a damp cloth will not harm the label.

Does ultra-violet light fade a Lightscribe label? How much does the image fade, and over what period of time?

Sustained exposure to direct UV light and sunlight should be avoided, both to prevent damage to the data side of the disc and possible fading of the label image. The image will fade under direct UV light and sunlight, but the rate will depend on the light's intensity and exposure time.