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OLED Breakthrough Yields 75% More Efficient Lights

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posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 09:52 AM

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently announced a breakthrough in OLED technology that shatters all prior efficiency standards, reducing the ultra-thin lights’ energy consumption by 75%! That’s no small number - the development stands to raise the bar for energy efficient lighting by leaps and bounds. Literally (and figuratively) a cool technology, we are already enamored by the skinny profile of organic light emitting diodes, and we can’t wait to see their further integration into our everyday appliances.

For those of you who are interested in the science behind KAIST’s recent breakthrough, the team discovered a new type of surface plasmon enhanced organic light emitting diode. To create the ultra-efficient OLEDs they thermally deposited silver nano-particals on a cathode under a high vacuum, resulting in a strong oscillator decay channel that increases photoluminescence emission rates by 1.75 times and increases light intensity twofold.

Whether or not we can fully wrap our heads around the science, we can’t wait to see these enhanced OLEDs hit the shelves of our favorite technology stores. We’ve been waiting in anticipation for the moment when OLED technology finally hits the mainstream, and it may be just upon the horizon.

This is fantastic. Can't wait to be able to get some for home.

Technology is moving at such a fast pace that it is getting hard to keep up with all these breakthroughs and discoveries.

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 10:34 AM
Nice find!

Though it sounds like the manufacturing process is expensive at the moment.
Lower power bills are always good in my books


posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 11:27 AM
Thats very cool!

Sure it saves energy, but the size is amazing as well. Both facts alone will project this into a consumer standard.

This will greatly change architecture. No need for such a large space between floors, may not even need drop ceilings other than just a smaller space for air ducts.

This will even save constructions costs and materials in todays avgerage office building.

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 11:29 AM
Pretty cool technology.

Each year, new technology advances to more energy efficient devices.

I certainly like the direction that we're headed in.

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