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Philips Develops World’s First AC-Powered OLED

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On September 10, 2010 @ 3:58 pm In Design,Green Lighting | 2 Comments

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Philips reached a new milestone in OLED [2] lighting this week: the first AC-powered OLED module. In the past, OLED technology required DC voltage — a requirement that meant OLED panels [3] 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 [5]‘ advancement purportedly increases design freedom, improves end-design reliability, and allows OLEDs [6] to come to market more quickly.

OLEDs [3] are still too expensive for commercial lighting, but Philips’ discovery might just change that. And once ultra-attractive OLEDs [7] become cheap enough for mass consumption, few people will complain about the death of incandescent bulbs [8].

+ Philips [9]

Via Engadget [10]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/09/philips-ed02.jpg

[2] OLED: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/13/striking-oled-concepts-from-universal-display/

[3] OLED panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/08/12/rainbow-oled-transparent-light-origami-folds-to-make-new-hues/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/09/philips-ed01.jpg

[5] Philips: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitat.com%2F2010%2F05%2F12%2Fphilips-unveils-worlds-first-led-replacement-for-most-common-bulb%2F&rct=j&q=inhabitat%20philips&ei=LIqKTPvGJZScsQPr86yRBA&usg=AFQjCNHA82CVaz-umgkSYf6boxHcK_sGqA&cad=rja

[6] OLEDs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/21/osram-oled-lamp-ingo-maurer/

[7] OLEDs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/05/26/sony-unveils-flexible-oled-thinner-than-a-strand-of-human-hair/

[8] death of incandescent bulbs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/07/09/ikea-turns-out-the-lights-on-incandescent-bulb-sales/

[9] + Philips: http://www.research.philips.com/newscenter/archive/2010/100908-ac-oled.html

[10] Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/10/philips-claims-first-ac-powered-oled-module-points-the-way-to-c/

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