Light and Building 2016 showcased a great variety of new, innovative uses for OLED. Next to the classic lighting designs were a host of brand new OLED concepts demonstrating diverse applications spanning different [areas of life].
An excellent example of this innovation is the WineOLED created by Italian manufacturer, DesLabs. The idea behind their OLED concept is a problem well known to wine lovers. In order to judge the quality of wine, the colour is a pivotal criterion. Ideally, this is aided by good lighting against a light background, something not easily accomplished in a poorly lit wine cellar or restaurant. DesLabs therefore turned to OLED technology to create an application specific to this problem; uniform surface illumination with very low energy consumption. The WineOLED is already available in various versions with the hope in the near future of incorporating wireless charging for mobile devices.
Italian company, LAB32, have created another unique OLED concept. The battery operated light produces a warm ambience through its in-built OLED whilst remaining extremely portable. This handy light could be useful for restaurants or hotels where it is not always possible to create a cosy atmosphere. This light could provide a unique solution that will recommend itself to guests time and again.
PanelOled, alongside M8TRIX presented a worldwide first OLED-System for large scale light animation. The modular concept can be flexibly scaled to different surfaces and stands out, thanks to its relatively easy and space-saving design and low power consumption. Via the in-built DMX controls, each individual panel can be switched on or off allowing animations to be played across a large surface. This prevents the flickering that appears through current LED/LCD applications when filmed with a digital camera.
Italian manufacturers of designer switches, PLH, showed a number of solutions in which an OLED panel has been integrated as a thin, uniform backlight in different switch applications.
The Versa Series (cover photo), created by Slovenian technology developers Astel, is a modular concept for use in both home and business environments. Enclosed in aluminum housing, the OLEDs can be flexibly interconnected through integrated drive electronics and connectors on each side, to form a matrix easily attached to a wall or ceiling.
One of the most innovative OLED concepts in the entire Light and Building show this year came from German lighting specialist Buschfeld. The O-Light series sees the perfect partnership of the Sebastian Herkner designed OLED module and the patented rail system from Prof. Hands Buschfeld. The individual OLED modules are integrated to the neodymium magnet, are freely positionable on the rail, and can also be aligned at different angles. O-Light is currently the only rail system for professional lighting that can boast the combination of OLED modules and the ability to combine flexibly with other spotlights. These two elements together provide lighting designers with a readymade and ready to use solution uniting the strengths of OLED and LED technologies, optimizing installation space whilst retaining the necessary flexibility for an individual solution.
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