Nanotechnology Hacks LED Lights to Be More Efficient

Nanotechnology Hacks LED Lights to Be More Efficient

Range Govindan
Jan 12, 2010

With everyone going bonkers over OLEDs, it seems like LEDs are already yesterday's news. That's not so, because a company just recently came up with a way of hacking LEDs using nanotechnology.

The company behind this is Nanosys and they've figured out a way of making LED lights more vivid while still using the same amount of energy as current LEDs. A dollop of nanotech goo is lathered onto blue LED lights. Why? Because blue LED lights are the most energy efficient. The nano-goo contains a semiconductor which changes the color of the LEDs. This results in a bunch of brighter colors.

This engineered phosphor-based nano-goo will make warm white look look even more appealing, thanks being able to change the color rendering index of white light. Jason Hartlove, the CEO of Nanosys, expects this technology to appear in laptop displays, HDTV screens, and lighting fixtures before the end of this year.

Adding this into a display creating product line is pretty simple and won't cost companies that much more, which is why this is so exciting. Think that the 17-inch MacBook Pro has got a bright and vivid display? Think again! In comparison, OLEDs are only 4% more efficient than LEDs. Hartlove's crystalline LEDs are about 30% more energy effective!

[via DVice]

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