OLEDS. Where are We and Where are We Going?

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One of the exciting ironies of OLEDs is that it is a true made-in-America technology, and China is a big OLED customer. Why? Because of Chinese laws. A just-released video of a panel discussion, “OLEDs. Where are we and where are we going?”, is now available for free viewing or download. Watch the video and learn why China is a large consumer of OLED fixtures.

Brentwood, TN, January 10, 2020 It’s time to take a new look at OLED technology. A few years ago, the efficiency of OLED technology was 45 lumens per watt. Today they clock in at a very respectable 85 lumens per watt at the source level. Because there are no phosphors or heat sinks, there is essentially no loss between the source and the luminaire. With the lack of heat and glare, OLED light can be closer to people—which is a real game changer.

One of the biggest problems in acceptance of OLEDs is awareness and at the NLB, we are doing our part. At our Annual Lighting Forum, two experts explain OLED technology in layman’s terms. Randy Reid, the NLB Executive Director and Editor of the EdisonReport moderated the panel. The experts were Mark Taylor of Corning and Michael Boroson of OLEDworks. In this panel discussion they compare and contrast OLED with LED.

OLED’s are full spectrum lights that reproduce natural light with a CRI greater than 90. They have no peaks therefore they are naturally diffused. There is no blue hazard and no UV, making them circadian rhythm friendly.

You won’t typically see OLEDs in school lighting, but you may see it in a high-end office conference room. You won’t find the technology in a Ford Taurus, but you will experience OLEDs in certain Audi and BMW models. However, efficiencies are up and costs are down, and OLEDs are being specified in more mainstream applications.

The lifetime of OLEDs is now rated at100,000 hours, which is another successful metric in helping this technology be adopted in general lighting.

Watch and listen to the panel discussion here.

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