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Futuristic light tiles

Futuristic light tiles

They are flexible, pliable and extremely flat: you can not only design groundbreaking lights with OLED modules, you can paper entire rooms and immerse them in a pleasant, uniform light.

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Perhaps the most striking feature of OLEDs is their low installation height of only a few millimeters. The filigree dimensions open unimagined application possibilities and offer a completely new design scope. In addition, the light tiles allow an extremely soft and homogeneous light image, which was previously not available in this form. In this case the luminosity does not come from a single point, but from the entire surface of each module. There are techniques that allow the electrically conductive coloring layers to be applied to other materials with an ink printing method and to seal them afterwards. Due to the miniaturized construction height and the manufacturing processes it is even possible to bend the elements and therefore adjust the shape of the intended use. And all these are only the beginnings of a promising technique that has already been firmly established in some areas.     Eclat by Blackbody 

A flexible red OLED strip light called clat, inspired by ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangements  OLED and LED in comparison   Flat modules, flexible processing capabilities and a uniform light image - OLEDs offer numerous advantages. The fascinating technology currently comes into the focus of manufacturers, and many designers deal with the design possibilities of the new technology. Although OLED technology currently cannot be compared with the success of LED technology, it can be foreseen that the flat lighting modules will become increasingly important in the future. Therefore a lot of manufacturers presented numerous groundbreaking designs with OLED modules at the Light&Building exhibition in spring. Not only that, the lighting tiles are becoming flatter, and their luminosity is increasing steadily. While the new technology is still more expensive to produce than LEDs, and also in terms of energy efficiency and life span, OLEDs currently cannot match LEDs in direct comparison. Yet many reputable manufacturers are currently interested in this complex technology and are investing millions and billions in research.   Flou lamp by Halla

The Flou light by Halla illuminates the entire work from homogeneous. Available in various colors.     The future of light was yesterday   Hollywood seems to have known OLEDs for a long time. In Paul Verhoeven's movie "Total Recall" from the 90s a complete room wall consisted of a single screen. The inhabitants were able to watch different moods or television signals in a realistic natural form. What had to be realized with more complex effect technology at the time can be implemented without any problems today. OLEDs are so flexible that one could even paper a whole apartment with them.     Just imagine the creative possibilities - a simple video wall would be even the most banal solution - because ultimately wallpaper patterns, colors and surfaces can be simulated and can be changed every second. On the ceiling you could have pleasant and extensive lighting that would make a visible light fixture in a classic style superfluous. The light could be integrated in the room and would redefine the interior completely. Due to the high cost and the relatively low efficiency of such applications, we are still some distance away. But if one considers the roadmaps of manufacturers, these developments will become reality in the long run.   OLED tiles
Gate to a new light technology   However, the road has been paved and we are anxious to see what's coming out on the market in the future. Until then we might encounter OLEDs in other areas more frequently. They are in fact ideal for battery-powered devices such as screens on smart phones, tablets and digital cameras, since they meet high standards of color and detail reproduction. In addition, due to the high contrast, they do not require a backlight – in this area they beat the efficiency of conventional values of LED and LCD displays. Therefore it is not surprising that the first flat-panel displays with this technique are already available. Problems, such as shorter life span and color shifts in the aging process can be compensated by software solutions and will experience virtually daily optimization processes due to the massively driven research.     The adventure light is awaiting us     GL350 OLED panels   A helical arrangement of Philips Lighting's GL350 OLED panels Although it cannot be predicted entirely yet how quickly and in what form the development of OLED technology will continue to move forward, it is already clear: OLEDs will turn our understanding of light and lighting upside down. The time of the light switch and the associated "yes-no-option" is long gone. In future, we will no longer live out our passion for light by the one-time purchase of lamps only - we will be able to redefine the countless possibilities of modern lighting solutions in our comfort zone daily.     Therefore the question of "For what?" does not exist yet, because we are not able to estimate the variety of options yet. But what it already implies is, that it promises clearly to become more than just a little gimmick of everyday life.   Info   This is how OLEDs work   OLEDs are composed of a plurality of organic semiconductor layers which are enclosed by two electrodes. At least one of these electrode layers is transparent and therefore allows the light, which is generated in the organic layers, as electrical energy is flowing through, to escape. In order to protect the organic elements from oxygen and moisture, they are additionally encapsulated. This material protection may consist of a laminated glass layer or a resistant lacquer coating. Due to the low installation height (the total thickness of the active layers is approximately 500 nm), the material can theoretically be applied to all forms and bring them to light.     The energy efficiency is currently significantly below the classic LED, with an average of 50 lm/W, but above the values of general service lamps and halogen lamps. The average life expectancy (the time after which the modules have only about 70% of the initial luminous flux) lies with approximately 10,000 hours of pure value between the two different lighting technologies. The CRI (color rendering Index) may be greater than 80, depending on the composition and can therefore be compared to that of the LED. All performance values were already exceeded by large under laboratory conditions, and therefore prompt improvement of all values for serial production can be expected.

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