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OLED-Opportunities & Challenges

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The lighting industry worldwide is driven by technology innovations. The reign of incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes is slowly getting replaced by energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs (light-emitting diodes). Currently, LEDs are gaining popularity for their ability to add unusual shapes and colors as well as for better energy savings. The next technology on horizon is OLED (organic light-emitting diode) lighting. It is set to replace the small, bright dots of LEDs with sheets of light that aren’t so piercingly bright but calm large lighted surfaces.

Architects, designers & lighting consultants are of consensus that the gen-next OLED lighting has introduced a paradigm shift as it merges technology, form and function but, the questions remain about its mass applicability and performance achievements. To understand the pioneering technology, Sapna Srivatava presents a report bringing to you the distinct characteristics of OLED, its comparison with LED technology, benefits, shortcomings and the various products available in the market. This is followed by a detailed account of the present & potential scenario of the seemingly debatable OLED light source by Stephen Blackman, Founder & Chief Design Director of BlackJack Lighting and a leading purveyor of new generation lighting specifically designed for LED and OLED light sources.

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OLED luminaires offer distinctive design statements for a wide variety of interior lighting applications and provide close to natural light that is comfortable and glare-free, even without shrouds and diffusers. The smaller panels can be installed as accent pieces or can be linked together in flowing patterns to create a visual treat integrating with furnishings.


A contemporary office space requires the quality of ambient light to be high and cover large area but also not cause disturbance to specific user at individual the work stations. The present lighting solutions provide large zones of quality light, but by nature affects everyone. Downlighting does not disturb the neighbors, but typically offers poor quality light. And while task ambient offers a compromise solution, the coverage zone is usually very small. With OLED lighting, all three of these objectives are met.


The new report by IDTechEx OLED vs LED Lighting 2013-2023 finds that OLED lighting is likely to struggle to define and communicate its unique selling points and may remain an over-priced and under-performing option compared to LED lighting. OLED lighting companies will inevitably have to capitalize on superior design features to carve out niche markets in the hospitality, shopping and architectural sectors.


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