The Universal Display Corporation released a video about their phosphorescent organic LED (PHOLED) ceiling tile recently – it’s an OLED using the principle of electrophosphorescence to efficiently convert electricity into light. UDC and Armstrong World Industries is getting two million bucks over two years to work on this project – I expect good things.
About the project video, which is below the quote:
This video demonstrates a highly energy-efficient OLED white lighting panel concept for use in commercial or residential lighting. Universal Display and Armstrong World Industries developed this device, in part through support by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solid State Lighting program, to demonstrate the potential energy-savings and other exciting features of solid-state white OLEDs for lighting.
Power-efficient white OLED lighting may reduce energy consumption dramatically and also lower the amount of by-product heat from the light source. Enabled through the use of Universal Displays PHOLED technology, energy-efficient white OLED lighting are a key element to the U.S. Department of Energys solid-state lighting initiative to help reduce worldwide energy burdens created by lighting, a significant consumer of energy. White OLEDs are also environmentally benign, especially compared to mercury-containing fluorescent lamps and newer compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Combining these important green features with a very thin, lightweight and durable form factor, white OLEDs offer significant new lighting design opportunities, such as the one envisioned in this ceiling system concept.