OLED lighting gathers momentum as European luminaire manufacturers embrace OLEDs

OLED lighting takes a greater presence at the recently held Light & Building 2012, as panel efficiency and availability of panels increase

16 April 2012

At the recently held Light & Building 2012 there where many OLED panel manufacturers and luminaire manufacturers using OLED panels than seen at Light & Building 2010. While a number of device manufacturers chose the exhibition to launch new OLED lighting panels and it was the growth in the number of luminaires manufacturers who also announced that was the real indicator of commercial progress at the show.

It is clear that the major lighting companies Osram and Philips are making substantial efforts to push OLED panels on to the market. Each company dedicated a significant section of their stand to OLED lighting. Both companies chose to show “art” based OLED luminaires along with the standard product lines. Philips took the opportunity to announce the latest addition GL350 while Osram introduced the Orbeos SDW-058. It is interesting to note that Philips has moved to using the company’s naming convention rather than use the Lumiblade name.

Luminaire manufacturers such as Tridonic devoted substantial amounts of stand space for the OLED lighting. In previous shows LEDON OLED was used for branding the OLED lighting – however it would now appear that all lighting, OLEDs included, are being marketed under the Tridonic brand name for the foreseeable future. Their influence spread further as they promoted six of their customers who where using OLED panels supplied by Tridonic. These where luminaire manufacturers - Selux, Ridi, Ludwig, Spittler, Hatec and IDL and these all used square panels with the exception of Ludwig who presented a circular luminaire that used round panels. Selux in association with ART+COM presented the beautiful and almost magical Manta Rei – a kinetic luminaire based on the use of 140 OLED panels. This animated luminaire appeared to glide effortlessly and majestically through the air, although it was securely attached to the ceiling. Although the Manta Rei maybe considered as art it can be purchased in one of several different configurations.

European luminaire are beginning to show first OLED products and while many are destined for commercial sale it is nonetheless a strong indicator that OLED lighting is becoming an important addition to their product range. Several of the luminaire companies I spoke with said they needed to demonstrate they where working with OLEDs for next generation products.

The increasing umber of luminaire manufacturers using OLED – even for one off products can be seen as an indicator that OLED lighting is gaining attention and worth spending significant sums of money to construct luminaires that demonstrate the attributes of OLED.

Unlike other OLED technology providers and device manufacturers Novaled chose to present themselves as a luminaire manufacturer – operating under the Liternity brand name. The stand showed the Victory table lamp, the company is focused at the luxury end of the market as each lamp is hand-made and therefore unique. There other products on show where branded Linfinity, Trinity and Lucentury. All three luminaires used OLED panel where transparent when switched-off. Giving an interest visual appearance in their off-state, as the lamps almost disappeared as they blended into their surroundings.

No pictures: Unfortunately I left my camera behind at the hire car rental desk with all my pictures from the show. I have been informed by the hire car company the camera has been posted back to me. So I’ll compile a follow-up show report focusing more on the technical details for next weeks’ newsletter and hopefully be able to include pictures.

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