In May 2011, Philips announced it was investing $57 million in a new organic light emitting diode (OLED) production line in its Aachen, Germany factory.
The company now has officially rolled out its new line of OLED light emitting panels made from carbon-based materials that emit light when electricity is applied, according to OLED-Info.
OLEDs emit a soft light offering a new type of design freedom that is also energy-efficient. OLED lighting applications are particularly suited to high-end retail and hospitality markets for decorative and ambience-creation purposes. The thin, flat nature of OLEDs makes it possible to integrate light in furniture, walls, ceilings or floors in ways that are impossible with other light sources.
Philips’ OLED panels are made on glass and come in a variety of shapes and colors: squares, triangles, circles, hexagons and custom-made structured panels. The largest panel is the Tall Rectangle at 129.4 x 54.7 mm. Philips’ most efficient panel is the Lumiblade Plus (45 lm/W, developed by Konica Minolta), and its brightest panel is the 115 lm GL350.
Lumiblades have been used in several installations in the past two years. Last year Deutsche Bank’s Berlin office installed a massive OLED chandelier that has 384 Philips Lumiblade panels, says OLED-Info. And Aston Martin’s showroom uses 800 OLED panels hung from the ceiling.
Philips has done some even more interesting things with its OLED lighting. In 2011, it designed a costume for Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie (pictured). Her leather catsuit was integrated with 75 OLED panels, which sparkled like mirrored glass when turned off. When illuminated, the panels were controlled remotely through a software program to orchestrate patterns and lighting sequences to the set-list.