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Philips Develops World's First AC-Powered OLED

by , 09/10/10
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Philips reached a new milestone in OLED lighting this week: the first AC-powered OLED module. In the past, OLED technology required DC voltage — a requirement that meant OLED panels had to contain expensive switching mechanisms. But the new AC-powered OLEDs can be plugged directly into a standard wall socket, potentially bringing down the cost of the low-energy lights.

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In addition to making OLED lights cheaper, Philips‘ advancement purportedly increases design freedom, improves end-design reliability, and allows OLEDs to come to market more quickly.

OLEDs are still too expensive for commercial lighting, but Philips’ discovery might just change that. And once ultra-attractive OLEDs become cheap enough for mass consumption, few people will complain about the death of incandescent bulbs.

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Via Engadget

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2 Comments

  1. dvealart September 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I’m not sure about the Ac or the DC end of it, but I do like the lower energy for the same luminosity.

  2. pbarthle September 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I want to see appliances, and the grid, go the other way to DC power. Nearly all appliances nowadays need a wall wart or internal power supply to convert the AC to low voltage DC and we want to encourage solar panels on rooftops, so I say we run everything off of USB cables and standard backup batteries. The kitchen and laundry excluded.

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