June 2008

OSRAM and lighting designer Ingo Maurer at light+building

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Early Future – a work of art by Ingo Maurer with OLEDs from OSRAM

Source: Ingo Maurer / OSRAM 


The world renowned lighting designer Ingo Maurer has developed the first organic LED OLED lamp from OSRAM in a function table light. The light, known as “Early Future”, is being produced as a limited edition of 25. It uses 10 OLED light panels, sized 132 x 33 millimeters. The OLED bulb in this lamp are actually thin square sheets…This lamp is actually more of a prototype – only 25 will be made.It works with tiles straight from the laboratory and demonstrates the enormous potential of OLEDs for future applications as eye-catching illumination and design elements.

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors made prototypes of OLEDs available to the Ingo Maurer for his exclusive creation. “We are proud that our OLEDs have inspired such a renowned artist as Ingo Maurer to create such an exciting work of art. “Early Future” is a vision that has become reality. It gives us a glimpse of just how versatile organic OLEDs can be in terms of their design options and applications”, said Martin Goetzeler, CEO of OSRAM.

The panels on Maurer's light have a lifetime of 5,000 hours (up from 2,000), and OSRAM says that these lamps will be available by 2011 or 2012. The efficiency is 46 lm/W (1000 cd/m2).

OLEDs – a journey from the laboratory to the home
Organic LEDs offer all the familiar benefits of LEDs such as high energy efficiency, low operating voltage and mercury-free design, and have some impressive properties of their own. The light source is not a collection of individual light points but
a uniform light-generating surface. Initial laboratory prototypes from OSRAM showed last year the property of transparent light in a usable tile size
. Thanks to the layer structure, it is possible to produce not only very thin OLEDs but also scalable ones.

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has a team of around 50 research engineers working on the development of OLEDs.  “In the future it will be possible to use OLEDs as flexible or transparent light sources. A transparent OLED over a window in a roof would be able to allow natural light in during the day and provide fascinating illumination for the room at night”, said Dr. Bernhard Stapp, Head of Solid State Lighting at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. 

At LEDinsider, we eagerly await being able to offer you OLED lights and will just as soon as they are available in a high quality, reasonably priced option.





A Shanghai university student has invented an energy-saving, light-emitting diode lamp which can entertain users by changing its shape and design, officials with East China Normal University announced.

The lamp invented by Yao Yi, an undergraduate student at ECNU's engineering design department, has won first prize in the Philips Lamp Contest, one of the city's top awards for lamp designers.

A lack of professional support has hampered Yao from producing and marketing the lamp, he said.

The lamp is made of a round base with more than 40 small LED lights and a balloon with a smiley face acts as the lamp shade.

The balloon can be blown up through a small ball-shaped air inflator, allowing the lamp to change shape and brightness. When the balloon expands, the lamp provides more light.

Yao said the use of LED lights makes it safe for children.

"LED lights don't heat up much when they are on, so the lamp won't expose children to the risk of getting burned when playing with the balloon," Yao said.

Meanwhile, LED lights are an environment friendly source of light.

LED lights use only 6 percent of the energy that an ordinary bulb does to create the same amount of light. LED materials can also be recycled without harming natural resources, unlike metal or fluorescent lamps, Yao said.

However, don't expect to see the award-winning invention in stores anytime soon.

"I designed and built the lamp on my own," Yao said. "But a stronger professional support team, including mechanical assistants, a structural designer and material professionals are needed to improve the design before it could reach the market."

(Shanghai Daily June 24, 2008)


Your LEDinsider team was in China last year to see their LED developments. Their colorful LED lighting displays in places like Shanghai are a wonder to behold!

China's Huge Solar-Powered LED Wall

It’s called the GreenPix Zero Energy Media Wall, and it has 2,292 individual multi-colored LEDs. Comparable to a 24,000 sq. ft. monitor screen, the GreenPix Energy Media Wall is said to be the largest color LED display in the world. 

Featuring the largest color LED display worldwide and the first photovoltaic system integrated into a glass curtain wall in China, the building performs as a self-sufficient organic system, harvesting solar energy by day and using it to illuminate the screen after dark, mirroring a day’s climatic cycle.  

The LED Zero EnergyMedia Wall is also forms an integral part of the ecosystem of the building.  The polycrystalline photovoltaic cells are laminated within the glass of the curtain wall and are placed with changing density on the entire building’s skin. The density pattern increases the building’s performance, allowing natural light when required by interior program, while reducing heat gain and transforming excessive solar radiation into energy for the media wall.

The building was finished in time for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as part of the Xicui Entertainment Complex in Beijing.  The building opened to the public on June 24, 2008, with a specially commissioned program of video installations and live performances by artists from China, Europe and the US.