Parting Pick: Organic Illumination

May 1, 2008

LEDs rise to the next level of eye-catching illumination with unique design elements and artistic creativity. Created by lighting designer Ingo Maurer, the Early Future is a functioning table light that uses organic LEDs (OLEDs).

Organic LEDs offer such familiar benefits of LEDs as high energy efficiency, low operating voltage, and mercury-free design and also have some impressive properties of their own. The radiant surfaces generate a diffused light, reducing shadows and unwanted reflections. The light source is not a collection of individual light points but a uniform light-generating surface. Thanks to a layered structure, it is possible to produce not only very thin OLEDs but also transparent ones.

In Maurer's design, technical elements are unveiled to accentuate their intrinsic beauty. The Early Future is made up of ten 132-millimeter by 33-millimeter modules, manufactured by OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. Each module rotates independently and has a luminance of 1,000 candelas per square meter (about twice as bright as an LED screen set to "all on"). The light is designed without any concealing reflectors, and slight metal clips fasten modules to the lamp stem, leaving the cables visible.

For more information, visit: www.osram-os.com

The Early Future's OLED modules rotate independently to direct light wherever it is needed.
LED (Light-Emitting Diode) 
a semiconductor p-n junction device that is optimized to release light of approximately the band gap energy when electrons fall from the conduction band to the valence band; a diode that emits monochromatic (single color) light when forward biased. The emitted light can be red, yellow, orange, green, blue, or non-visible infrared. 


OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) 
a display device that sandwiches carbon-based films between two conducting electrodes, a metallic cathode, and a transparent anode. When voltage is applied to the OLED cell, the injected positive and negative charges recombine in the emissive layer and create electroluminescent light. 


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