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What future has in store for OLED technology?

By BizLED Bureau

Feb 2, 2016: OLED technology has its takers but it will definitely not replace or take over LED lighting as the general lighting source, stated Olaf Berlien, Osrams Chief Executive Officer. He cited the high manufacturing cost of the technology is one of the prominent factor in giving unpopularity to the technology.

What future has in store for OLED technology?

Though, a great amount of technological advancement has been made and what seemed unreal once is a thing of reality now. The potential of OLED technology is comparable to nuclear fusion: It is exciting, makes futuristic approach possible but at the same time, unreachable to many due to high making costs.

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At a meeting with technical analysts held in Munich last week, Berlien described OLED as “too expensive” for general lighting. There were clear indications as it will not be getting less expensive anytime soon.

Electronics giant Carrier is in talks with company’s sizable investment in OLEDs as there was a recent €1 billion ($1.09 billion) investment that Osram Opto Semiconductors group announced to build a new LED chip production plant in Malaysia. The company has planned to move out of lamp production and giving its commitment in scaling up the LED chips.

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A source at Osram corp revealed that plant in Malaysia will churn out LEDs as the company plans to lamp manufacturers for the general lighting market. Considering the viewpoint of Carrier, it implied that such a large production commitment for OLEDs will not be feasibility if OLEDs will take over from LEDs as a general lighting source.

However, in automotive lighting, OLED has a huge potential and is being touted the next big thing.

In counter, Osram’s CEO acknowledged OLED as an important technology in niches like automotive lighting, rear lights but the general lighting arena is a distant dream. Automotive is an important market for Osram and company plans to expend allocated resources as per plan.

The basic difference between OLEDs and LEDs is, OLED are patches of material that light up when excited by a current whereas LEDs are semiconductors. OLEDs can be made into curved form for smartwatches, smartfones  and smartTVs.

Advancements have taken place but a OLED revolution in general lighting is yet to take place. Along the way, though, developers have struggled to reduce manufacturing costs and to match the energy efficiency of LEDs. LED developers have become more creative in design. OLED enthusiasts believe that the technology heralds a whole new era of lighting in which architects and designers will build light sources into the fabric of luminaires, buildings, bridges, walls, ceilings, furniture, fashion, and the like.

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