OLED lights are the most innovative lighting technology currently on the market. The rate of development has been nothing short of remarkable, but it’s what the future holds for this lighting technology that excites the industry.
OLEDs are not just used for lighting – indeed, they're quite new in the lighting sector. For a long time, they’ve been used in other areas such as smartphones, tablets and televisions – OLED displays providing the screens of the next generation. These displays provide breath-taking, hitherto unprecedented contrast capabilities as well as a huge spectrum of colours which is most noticeable in the field of home cinemas.
What are OLEDs and OLED lights?
OLEDs – organic light-emitting diodes – are made up of several ultra-thin organic layers, approximately one hundred times thinner than a human hair. Even LEDs can’t compete with this, and traditional light bulbs certainly can’t.
When electricity flows through the organic layers, their entire surface is illuminated. This distinguishes them from all other light sources where the illumination comes from a single point. Before OLEDs, such even, homogeneous lighting simply wasn’t possible. OLEDs are glare-free too – making them perfect lighting for the living room!
What can OLED lights do?
OLEDs offer the following advantages:
- Immediate lighting after switching on
- High energy efficiency class, meaning lower operating costs
- Even, glare-free room lighting
- Seamless dimming
- Compact, innovative design
- Light in weight
OLED light bulbs which can be screwed into the socket of a standard light fitting are currently not available, as they are still in development. Until now, the best alternative to traditional light bulbs, halogen bulbs or compact fluorescent lamps is the LED bulb.
What’s the difference between LEDs and OLEDs?
The biggest difference between LEDs and OLEDs is the type of light source. LEDs are punctiform lights, or so-called point sources. OLEDs meanwhile distribute luminous intensity across the entire surface. They’re are homogeneous light surfaces that shine rather than glow and are glare-free thanks to the even distribution of light.
Another special feature is the natural white light that an OLED emits. The mixture of the colour temperatures from the different layers of an OLED produces a particularly authentic white light, giving it a wider colour spectrum than an LED light and resulting in a better colour rendering.
Ultimately, OLEDs are even more compact than LEDs – already an impressive feat. What’s more, OLEDs are light-emitting surfaces and offer completely new possibilities of light designs.
How long do OLED lights last?
OLEDs have a long service life of up to 30,000 hours depending on the brand. In contrast to the frequently non-replaceable LEDs, OLED modules from high-quality brands such as OMLED can be changed, meaning that once they run out, you don’t have to replace your entire lamp.