We have studied the dependence of the electro-optical properties of polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC) on the ultraviolet (UV) cure of the solution of monomer and liquid crystal. The kinetics of UV polymerization and its effect on the morphology of the phase separated droplets of liquid crystal determine the switching voltage, response time, and luminance of the PDLC. Using a series of statistically designed experiments, we have mapped the dependence of these responses on the weight fraction of liquid crystal, the temperature of the cell during cure, and light intensity. Temperature and composition are strongly coupled parameters that influence switching voltage, luminance, and response times. Switching voltages are minimized at 4–5 V for an 8 μm cell gap over a large region of temperature-composition space. An abrupt transition line occurs through that space. On one side of the transition line, voltage increases linearly either as temperature increases or composition decreases, and on the other side of the line, voltage is constant. Analyses of decay times, the slower response time of the PDLC, show that the times peak along a line of points in temperature-composition space that is close to the transition line for increasing switching voltages. We present these results as contours on the same graphs and relate them to our understanding of the phase separation process in the PDLC mixture. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.