Future of Lighting: Super-Efficient OLED Lamps

We all know that LEDs are become more and more popular, thanks to their low-power needs and their brightness. Frankly, it's inevitable that LEDs will finally easily surpass traditional incandescent lighting as well as CFLs. But what comes after LEDs? The answer is simple: OLEDs.

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This new OLED desk lamp prototype was created by the British company Thorn and the UK government. It's part of Project TOPLESS. No, there aren't any scantily-clad women involved, TOPLESS is an acronym for Thin Organic Polymeric Light Emitting Semiconductor Surfaces. The prototype lamp emits high-quality white light using a mere 3.5 Watts. This is the same illumination you get from a 50-Watt halogen desk lamp. By our account, this means that it's 14 times more efficient. At the end of the day, you'll save a lot of money if all of your lighting is powered by OLEDs. But just like LEDs, it will take time before this technology is affordable enough to make a difference, as shown in one of our posts comparing LEDs and CFLs.

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Also, this lamp is incredibly thin and elegant. We can just imagine the new applications that this lighting technology will entail. Lights could be easily put on any surface cheaply. Since it takes less power to light these lamps, they are obscenely energy efficient. Project TOPLESS was started in 2008 and is a three-year plan to have a functional production line ready at the end of 2011. Philips are also working on OLED lamps. Earlier this year, they featured their Lumiblade.

[via DVice, images via DVice and OLED.info]

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