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OLEDs in General Lighting

Whether for decorative or functional lighting, OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) enable a new dimension of illumination. While emitting a warm and pleasant glare-free light with natural color reproduction, a perfect lighting ambiance is created by extended light color and brightness control. In addition, OLED Light Panels can be thin, they may be transparent and flexible, thus making it possible to create design lighting objects which have never been seen before.

In contrast to conventional lamps, in which electricity causes a filament or gas to light up, the electricity in OLEDs flows through ultra-fine organic layers – one hundred times thinner than a single hair. Here, the light is generated. The organic layers are applied to a base made from thin glass or a flexible film. In contrast to LEDs, a point light source, OLEDs are area emitters, generating a broad sun-like spectrum. They require less electrical power than conventional lamps. OLEDs are also impressive in terms of efficiency, offering tremendous energy-saving potential.

The unlimited range of design possibilities allows designers to explore completely new dimensions when dealing with lighting. In the future luminous windows, curtains and wallpapers may become part of our everyday lives.

As a leading manufacturer, EMD Performance Materials offers a complete portfolio of premium materials for OLED Lighting under the livilux® brand name. These include OLED materials for vacuum processing and printing processes.