Philips Introduces First OLED Lighting that can be Plugged into Power Outlets
Philips AC Powered OLED Lighting will significantly reduce cost of OLED manufacture
Consumers have heard the acronym OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) used in relation to next-gen television technology, but Philips Research has been hard at work developing OLED lighting that can be powered by standard electrical outlets.
OLED technology holds great potential to be used not just in TVs but in lighting, but until recently, only low-voltage, direct current (DC) sources have been used to power an OLED module. The breakthrough from Philips is a small module that can be directly plugged into a standard electrical outlet rather than the current systems that need bulky power management structures. Philips notes this will reduce materials needed and simplify design for OLED lighting application aimed at general lighting markets. The Philips team has reduced the number of components for the completed fixtures, and thus reduced the cost of manufacturing OLED lighting. In addition, this new breakthrough has simplified the setup of OLED lighting products, increased reliability and enabled quicker marketability.
Advantages of OLED lighting include energy efficiency, variance in coloration, ability to emit light over a wide area, ability to dim, and the light produced is non-glaring and diffuse. Because of its flat, thin characteristics, OLED lighting can be used in a wide range of sizes and shapes.
The public will be seeing an increase in OLED lighting designs and applications in the near future. Philips has plans to use OLED lighting technology in its Lumiblade line of large area lighting products.