Philips offers OLED technology kit for lighting applications

Sept. 18, 2008
After offering an OLED starter kit to potential users, Philips intends to launch OLED products and prototypes on the market next year, under the brand name Lumiblade.
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Philips is offering lighting designers, architects and creatives from all disciplines a unique OLED technology "starter kit", so that they can discover for themselves why OLEDs are going to be the lighting sensation of the coming years.

This kit includes an information pack and DVD explaining the technology behind OLEDs and outlining possible future applications. It contains several OLEDs of various shapes, structures and colors, enabling people to experiment with and experience the amazing effects of OLEDs for themselves. More details about how to use the OLED samples are included in the information pack.

Spectacular new range of lighting effects
OLEDs are very versatile and can vary incredibly in color and brightness. What’s more, they can create homogeneous light surfaces in almost any shape, pattern, vibrancy and color. Thanks to this versatility, OLEDs can create a spectacular range of new and innovative lighting effects that can enhance the look and feel of almost any environment in fresh and innovative ways.

And now, as a result of significant investment and several technological breakthroughs, Philips’ OLEDs will shortly become commercially available. As a result, we can expect designers, architects and consumers to be using OLEDs in a variety of contexts over the next few years.

Coming soon to a market near you!
Philips has been developing OLED light sources since 2001. Recently, the company stepped up its investment and founded a dedicated Business Center for OLED lighting in Aachen, Germany. This center has advanced OLED technology significantly, especially in the crucial areas of industrialization and manufacturing.

In fact, Philips will be one of the first companies to make OLED technology commercially available for lighting when it launches its first OLED products and prototypes on the market next year. These products, which will be marketed under the name of Lumiblade, will include OLED lighting plates of up to 50cm2 and will be available in a wide range of colors and shapes.

OLEDs – How do they work?
Unlike incandescent bulbs, which generate light by passing electricity through a wire, or fluorescent lamps, which pass current through a gas, OLED lighting works by passing electricity through one or more incredibly thin layers of organic semiconductors. These layers are sandwiched between two electrodes. The whole “sandwich” is deposited onto a sheet of glass or other transparent material, known as a “substrate”. When current is applied to the electrodes it flows through the organic film and the film emits light. Using different materials in the films makes it possible for the OLEDs to emit different-colored light.

Improving the quality of people’s lives
In line with Philips’ Vision 2010 strategy of becoming more people- and market-focused, Philips is keen to hear feedback from as many people as possible. As a result, we are encouraging people who have used the OLED Technology Kit to let us know what they think of our OLED technology and share their ideas and suggestions for potential future OLED applications. This way, Philips aims not only to deliver exciting new technology to the market, but also to develop products that will truly make a positive contribution to the quality of people’s lives.

How to order
For more information on OLEDs or the technology experience kit (price, availability) please contact Kristin Knappstein, Business Development Manager OLED Lighting, at [email protected], or visit