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OLED Changes the World of Lighting

Thomas Edison would be pleased to know his incandescent electric  light  was a seed to, many years later, sprout and grow into OLED  Lighting : Organic  Light  Emitting Diodes. This  new   technology  changes the  light  bulb we and Mr. Edison are familiar with into a very thin and flexible sheet of bright, white  light .

Organic  LED   Lighting   technology  is relatively  new  and the obvious  light  of the foreseeable future. OLED  Lights  occurs when current passes through thin films of  light-emitting  material. Because it is possible to make these  lights  very thin, transparent, and flexible,  lighting  designers are opened to entirely  new  creative possibilities. Organic  LED   Lighting  is used almost exclusively today in the design of stunning displays but there are a number of manufacturers in the US and EU developing ways to create white  light  using this  technology .

In addition to designers being inspired by Organic  LED   Lighting   technology  the environmentally conscious are as well. OLED is highly efficient and these objects of  light  do not contain mercury like CFL lamps causing fewer recycling issues. That would make the  new  OLED white light quite Green.

Professor Junji Kido of Yamagata University in Japan invented the first white OLED Light. Professor Kido has formed a new company, Organic Lighting, to expand his work with white OLED expecting to market equipment in early 2010. Organic Lighting continues to work on plans using OLED for emergency lighting in public locations.

Philips, the frontrunner in OLED  Lighting  research, has OLED panels available to purchase on-line. Offered are a variety of shapes (circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, and what Philips calls ‘free-shapes’) for a variety of uses (clothing, furniture, vehicles, jewelry, art, and any other use you might imagine). Philips plans to offer commercial products by 2010, and ultimately offering color panels the consumer can change (in 3-5 years) and ultimately flexible panels (in 5-8 years).

GE (General Electric) also very involved in OLED  Lighting  asks us to consider a  light  bulb of the future resembling wallpaper. GE, currently applying their knowledge to cell phones and television screens, will begin producing flexible OLED panels in 2010. Having already made advancements in  light  quality and brightness, GE researchers plan to use this  technology  for general  lighting  applications.

Ingo Maurer with OSRAM designed the first OLED lamp and befitting the  technology  is very futuristic in appearance. The lamp uses ten, thin OLED panels each measuring 132 X 33 millimeters. This remains a huge milestone in OLED  Lighting   technology  taking these thin panels from the realm of the unusual to a very practical application.

Konica Minolta is another company interested in OLED  Lighting  enjoying great success in their endeavor. Research here has achieved efficiency in lumens and hours of life comparable to fluorescent lamps; this advancement brings OLED considerably closer to practical applications.

Kodak’s scientists originally discovered OLED materials in the 1970s. Since that time Kodak continues to research OLED applications for the automotive industry, consumer electronics, digital video  technologies , industry, science, medicine, and telecommunications. A current goal of Kodak is to provide OLED Energy Star compliant  technology  to consumers.

The way we think about illumination is changing dramatically thanks to OLED  Lighting . It’s a distinct light on the horizon and unlike any we’ve seen before.

Source by Ivan Hrsak

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