In a move to accelerate market introduction of OLED lighting for high-end commercial and institutional applications, leading lighting manufacturer Acuity Brands and Universal Display Corporation will work together under a $2 million grant provided by the Department of Energy. The companies plan to develop an energy-efficient and color-tunable phosphorescent OLED lighting system.
Acuity Brands Lighting will design and fabricate general-purpose lighting system prototypes, targeted for high-end commercial spaces, including office, retail and health-care buildings, to take advantage of several key attributes of OLEDs - such as a thin, sleek form factor and exquisite quality of light.
In addition, the system will offer highly-efficient white light that can be tuned across a range of color temperatures by using Universal Display's proprietary architecture and high-efficiency PHOLED panels. The ability to adjust the color of white light in a single OLED panel adds flexibility and refinement to lighting environments. This functionality is neither feasible nor practical when using traditional light sources such as incandescent or fluorescent.
"Acuity Brands has been investing aggressively in advanced technologies and control systems, innovations that will permeate the sustainable lighting solutions of the future for our customers," said Vernon J. Nagel Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Acuity Brands. "We are confident that initiatives such as this will facilitate the commercialization of advanced technologies such as OLEDs," Nagel said.
In 2009, lighting consumed 9.84 quads of primary energy, or about 25% of the total electricity generated in the U.S. To reduce the ever-increasing demand for energy, OLEDs, which are potentially highly energy-efficient and cost-effective, diffuse light sources, may offer a 'green' alternative to existing incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes.
OLEDs also offer unique design possibilities that may potentially revolutionize the industry through novel, thin form factor lighting products. By employing Universal Display's PHOLED technology in luminaire systems like the one to be developed by Acuity Brands Lighting during this program, significant energy savings and reduced environmental impacts, such as lower greenhouse gas emissions, are possible. In addition, this work has the potential to launch a new U.S. lighting industry sector that may lead to additional "green" U.S. jobs while promoting U.S. technological leadership for advanced energy systems.
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Source: Universal Display Corporation