LightScribe DVD/CD Burning Technology

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If your not sure what this LightScribe stuff is all about this is something to get you started.  With LightScribe; you just burn your data; flip the disc; then burn your label.  Printing paper labels can cause damage if they come off inside a CD/DVD player and may not look as professional.  I prefer the white printable discs that I can run through my Epson R220 color printer directly so I can print in full color.  The LightScribe burners will burn your data, music, movies, etc. and then you flip it over and burn in your design.  It can have a simple design, picture, and text.  You will need to experiment with contrast because the laser can only make a limit change in the disc surface.  You can't have color, just variations in shades.of the disc which you can buy different colors of .  Here is an example:

         

A greyscale image of the label is etched onto the upper side of the disc. The required discs come in many colors: monotone (the original), red, green, blue, yellow, and orange backgrounds  Keep discs away from direct sunlight, use polypropylene disc sleeves rather than PVC sleeves.  Chemicals from your fingers could cause discoloration, such as common hand lotions and hair care products.  This drawback makes the technology unsuitable for applications involving continuous handling for such popular uses as car music compilation disks which typically have unavoidable high exposure.  Of course you would have this problem with a paper label too.  Many disc players present internal temperatures higher than room temperature and should not be left in disc players for long periods of time.   Burning Lightscribe labels is considerably slower than actually recording a CD or DVD with an average burn time for a cover is about 20 minutes, which is longer than the burning of the disc data itself.
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