Panasonic turns on OLED lighting roadmap, announces record efficiency

September 2, 2011 by Nancy Owano report

(PhysOrg.com) -- Japan-based Panasonic Electric Works (PEW) has announced an aggressive roadmap to make organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) lighting a part of the not so distant future. The company has said it will launch easy to embed OLED lighting modules with built-in control circuits in December for use by lighting fixture manufacturers locally and overseas. PEW will cultivate new customers to create a new lighting device market. The modules are targeted as products that can be part of thin lighting fixtures that blend into building facilities designed with a trendy minimalist look in lighting.

The PEW roadmap calls for more marketing research through March of next year. PEW makes numerous products, from to communication equipment but one of its key focal points has been lighting. Elsewhere in the news, Panasonic Electric Works announced at the 72th Meeting of the Japan Society of Applied Physics that it has developed an OLED device with a luminous efficiency of 128lm/W, topping the 102lm/W efficiency that Universal Display Corp (UDC) reported in 2008.

The latest presentation at the Society said that the company drastically improved its light extraction techniques for white organic light-emitting diodes (WOLEDs). The researchers inserted a board composed of a highly-refractive material between a light-emitting layer and a . Company spokesman Takuya Komoda said, "It is possible that OLED lamps will rapidly become popular in about 2020. In the future, lighting apparatuses will possibly disappear."

Panasonic Electric Works is one of the earliest companies to have bet on OLED as the next-generation source of lighting. The company has a goal to become the No.1 Green Innovation Company in the . A market footing in OLED would work nicely to that end. Unfortunately, market watchers do not all see firm markers of an OLED revolution to come.

OLEDs most likely will not be replacing conventional illuminators like incandescent and compact fluorescent lightbulbs in the foreseeable future, according to consultants at Lux Research. They predict OLED will represent a small, niche technology through 2020. It will be too expensive for widespread adoption; high-end display needs and upscale environments in hotels and resorts will most likely use OLED lighting.

Nonetheless, OLED technology marks an environmental advance in lighting. OLEDs could save more than 90 percent of the energy used now for powering incandescents and consume less than half the electricity needed by compact fluorescents. Because of this potential, the U.S. Department of Energy has invested about $40 million in OLED lighting research, according to IEEE Spectrum.

Another recent announcement is that Panasonic Idemitsu OLED Lighting (PIOL), PEW's joint-venture with Idemitsu Kosan, is now shipping OLED lighting panels to local and global markets.The panels are small (80x80mm), thin (2mm) and (38g).

Explore further: Advances in Phosphorescent OLED Technology Provide Additional Power Efficiency Gains for White Lighting

More information: Press resease

Related Stories

High-brightness breakthrough

June 28, 2005

As a result of cooperation between Philips Lighting, Philips Research and Novaled have announced a new record for the efficiency of high-brightness white OLEDs, a new solid state lighting technology. OLEDs are expected to ...

Philips presents OLED-based interactive lighting concepts

April 23, 2009

Royal Philips Electronics today premiered the world’s first OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes) -based interactive lighting concepts, created for both consumer as well as professional use, during the Euroluce International ...

Recommended for you

Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes

August 23, 2017

Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly reduce crashes, according to two studies released ...

Newest solar cells underperform in cloudy countries

August 22, 2017

To determine how efficient new solar cells convert sunlight into electricity, small sample cells are tested under ideal conditions. However, the reported efficiency is not very representative of the actual annual yield when ...

Google to serve next version of Android as 'Oreo"

August 22, 2017

An upcoming update to Google's Android software finally has a delectable name. The next version will be known as Oreo, extending Google's tradition of naming each version after a sweet treat.

Forget oil, Russia goes crazy for cryptocurrency

August 16, 2017

Standing in a warehouse in a Moscow suburb, Dmitry Marinichev tries to speak over the deafening hum of hundreds of computers stacked on shelves hard at work mining for crypto money.

Researchers clarify mystery about proposed battery material

August 15, 2017

Battery researchers agree that one of the most promising possibilities for future battery technology is the lithium-air (or lithium-oxygen) battery, which could provide three times as much power for a given weight as today's ...

4 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (2) Sep 02, 2011
Where is America's part in this?

Spectator.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (2) Sep 02, 2011
I want to get rid of all lighting fixtures. When can I have these OLEDs instead of wallpaper (at reasonable prices, that is)?

Alternatively I'd like tho have this as a dimmable 'wall'paper covering the entire ceiling.
socean
5 / 5 (4) Sep 02, 2011
As soon as these devices can be used to grow pot, sales will take off.
that_guy
5 / 5 (2) Sep 02, 2011
I seriously doubt we will see this as consumer lighting for the next 15 years. It's neat, but it's price will relegate it to niche markets for the time being. You think a $50 LED lightbulb is expensive? OLED is considerably more.

That said, conventional wisdom can be broken by a manufacturing process breakthrough. These aren't drug companies, so they are definitely motivated to find that breakthrough.

dimmable wallpaper. I don't know why I like that phrase so much.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.