[Lighting Fair Japan 2015] LG Chem, 100lm/W OLED Lighting Panel Mass Production Possible in April 2015

LG Chem estimates mass production of highly efficient 100lm/W OLED lighting panel in April this year. In Lighting Fair Japan 2015 (March 3 – 6) LG Chem announced that they have achieved 2014 target of 100lm/W development, and that mass production will be possible from April 2015. Additionally, they presented the 140ml/W roadmap until 2017, and LG Chem is forecast to keep on leading the OLED lighting market.

Until now OLED lighting had lower efficiency compared to the existing fluorescent light (approx. 100lm/W) and LED (approx. 100lm/W or higher), and was mostly used as luminaire rather than down light. However, if active mass production of 100lm/W products begins, utilization as down light will also be possible.

In this exhibition, LG Chem showcased solution concept of down light, and not a luminaire focused exhibition. They also demonstrated OLED lighting’s competitiveness as down light by securing lifetime of 40 thousand hours. This is approximately twice as long as fluorescent light and rivals LED. The biggest issue for OLED lighting is the cost. If the price becomes competitive through active investment, it is analyzed that the OLED lighting market will grow rapidly.

According to UBI Research’s OLED Lighting Annual Report 2014, OLED lighting market is forecast to grow by 100% of compound annual growth rate and form US$ 4,700 million market in 2020.

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By HyunJun Jang, reporter@olednet.co.kr

[Lighting Fair Japan 2015] LG Chem. Begins Intense OLED lighting Marketing in Korea and Japan, Following Europe

In order to actively open LG Chem’s OLED lighting market, they began intense marketing in Korea and Japan, following Europe. Formerly, OLED lighting marketing took place centering on Europe’s high-end luminaire market. However, LG Chem opened their first booth in Japan in Lighting Fair Japan 2015, and showed how easily OLED lighting can be applied in everyday life by exhibiting solution for down light rather than focusing on luminaire. LG Chem revealed their anticipation for Japan’s OLED lighting market’s growth explaining, “Japan’s conversion rate to area lighting is increasing rapidly and it is estimated the demand for OLED lighting will increase.”

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LG Chem also began their marketing in Korea for the public. Average consumers were able to come in contact with OLED lighting easily as OLED lighting DIY Kit and table lamp “FRAME” appeared on the open market. Particularly, OLED lighting DIY Kit provided 100x100mm OLED lighting panel, wire, and switch that can control the light (30/60/100lm), and allowed the public to apply the kit for various uses. Currently OLD lighting DIY Kit is being sold for approx. US$ 86, and OLED table lamp “FRAME” for approx. US$ 254. However, when LG Chem’s active investment and mass production begin, the price is expected to fall further.

 LG Chem’s OLED table lamp “FRAME” and OLED DIY KIT Being Sold in Korea’s Open Market

LG Chem’s OLED table lamp “FRAME” and OLED DIY KIT Being Sold in Korea’s Open Market

 <LG Chem’s OLED table lamp “FRAME” and OLED DIY KIT Being Sold in Korea’s Open Market>

Example of OLED DIY KIT Use, Lighting Fair 2015

Example of OLED DIY KIT Use, Lighting Fair 2015

<Example of OLED DIY KIT Use, Lighting Fair 2015>

By HyunJun Jang, reporter@olednet.co.kr

LG Chem. announces new OLED lighting product milestones

LG Chem announced today that it achieved two important milestones in the development of OLED lighting products with the start of manufacturing of the 320 x 320 mm OLED light panel, the world’s largest available in the market, and the completion of the research and development phase for a new plastic-based OLED light panel.

The 320x320mm OLED light panel is 0.88mm thick panel and has an efficiency of 60lm/W, CRI over 90, and has output levels of 800lm with a nominal input (8.5V 1,600mA). The panel’s output can reach 1,200lm which is similar to a common 60-75 Watt incandescent lamp. This is significant because it marks first time that OLEDs can be considered as an energy-efficient / human-friendly light source available for general purpose use.

With LG Chem having begun mass producing the 320x320mm panels in January, the panels can be ordered at $680USD per panel, with a lower negotiated price for bulk orders.

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LG Chem has also completed development of a truly flexible plastic-based OLED light panel and engineering samples are now available. LG Chem’s current bendable OLED panels (F6BA40, F6BA30) are thin-glass based that provides a limited bending radius of 75mm. The new flexible OLED panel has vastly increased the bending radius flexibility to 30mm because of the adoption of a plastic substrate for the panel, which also eliminates the danger of the panel shattering when excessive force is applied.

The main challenge of converting from a glass substrate to plastic was to maintain the performance levels of efficiency, luminance, and CRI. LG Chem has overcome this challenge by adopting its expertise in barrier and encapsulation technology.

The specifications of the LG Chem’s new plastic-based OLED light panel are 60lm/W efficiency, 75lm brightness, 3,000K in color temperature, and CRI over 85. Engineering samples are available at $250USD per panel. The mass production of the flexible panel is scheduled to begin in July 2015. The price will be adjusted accordingly once mass production starts.

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Medical Lighting, will it make a breakthrough for the OLED lighting market?

The sizable growth for OLED lighting is expected in the medical lighting market.

At Lighting Japan 2015, Synqroa Corp. introduced Lucuria, the OLED lamp used for dental practice equipment, under the presentation title “Dental-free shadow lamps development and marketing by OLED lighting source”.

The presenter Mitsuhiro Koyama, Vice President Synqroa Corp., said that “OLED lighting is more appropriate than LED or halogen lamp for the medical purposes thanks to its properties including shadow-less, good color rendering and color temperature, and no blue risk. He also speculated “The competent lighting in the medical lighting industry is more about providing the optimal environment for doctors and patients than the price competitiveness.”

Synqroa estimated that the potential for the OLED lighting panel is about six million units with expected annual demand of about 350 thousand units for maintenance assuming that each hospital will use three units (five OLED panels per unit) in about 400 thousand dentists in the world as of 2013. In addition, they also analyzed the OLED lighting panel will take about 12 million units (25% of entire demand) among the demands for the lighting panels applied in operating rooms, patient’s rooms, NICU, etc.

Likewise, the expansion of OLED lighting market is expected to gain momentum if the OLED lighting panel is employed more actively in the medical lighting market equipped with merits of improving health care environments and protecting doctors’ and patients’ eyes.

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<Comparison of properties for each lighting, Source: Synqroa>

Description: Compared to the LED lighting, the OLED lighting barely emits the ultraviolet rays or blue lights which are harmful to the eyes but enables visibility closest to the natural sunlight free of shadow.

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<Synqroa’s OLED lamp for Dental Equipment, Source: Synqroa>

 

Audi’s Love for OLED

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Audi has particular affection for OLED than any other automobile companies. For instance, it has announced the concept car Audi Q7 with its rear lights using OLED light panel and the recently unveiled concept car Prologue is equipped with the flexible OLED display featuring the resolution of 8.9 x 5.6-inch 287ppi (2560 x 1600) and three sheets of rigid OLED display.

For this CES 2015, the letters of Audi was displayed three dimensionally using the OLED light source at the exhibition space intended for R8 LMX together with the phrases of ‘OLED View 2’ and ‘Audi Matrix OLED.’

According to the personnel from Audi, OLED will be used actively as a light source for it has a beautiful quality than any other light sources.

 

[Lighting Japan 2015]What is the keyword for the next lighting industry?

The Lighting Japan 2015 was held on January 14, 2015 at the Tokyo Big Sight in Japan.

At the key note session, Jeffrey Cassis, the senior vice president of Phillips, began the first presentation with the theme of “Delivering the Promise and potential of digital light” emphasizing the notion of digital lighting and connected lighting in terms of the critical issue of how to combine a lighting with a smart city and ecosystem. He also hinted the importance of OLED lighting mentioning that most of the Philips’ R&D is concentrated on OLED despite the fact that the LED lighting will take about 65% of the entire lighting market by 2018.

The second speaker Prof. Ching W Tang from the Hong Kong University expressed “the sympathy with his view on the digital lighting that the OLED lighting will play a critical role” and highlighted the key issue is preparing for the price competiveness. He mentioned that the efficiency of current OLED lighting panel is about 23% and there is a potential to improve up to about 30%. Also he added that there will be a huge renovation in the lighting market if the total efficiency of the OLED lighting panel increases more than 50%.

As demonstrated in the key note session, the key for the future lighting industry can be summarized as both connectivity and OLED. The concept of connectivity which was underlined by the numerous electronics and automobile companies at the last CES 2015 is becoming a primary trend in the lighting industry and it is anticipated to center around the OLED lighting.

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<Philips senior vice president Jeffrey Cassis>

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<Hong Kong Univ. Prof. Ching W. Tang >

LG Chem. release 320x320mm OLED lighting and new application

 

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The 320x320mm OLED light panel in LG Chem’s product portfolio in the world’s largest commercially available panel. The panel has an efficacy of 60lm/W, a high CRI (90) and is only 0.88mm thick. The output, which is similar to common 60-75 Watt incandescent lamp. This is significant because it marks the point where OLEDs will not only be seen as an energy-efficient and human friendly light source, but also come to be seen as a fit-for-purpose and proficient general purpose light source. The 320x320mm panel is now commercially available.

LG Chem has developed two types of “Mounting Solutions” for easy OLED panel installation with magnetic connections: Rail Connection and Linear Connection.

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Rail connection

Each 200x50mm LG Chem OLED light panel is cased and a DC-DC driver is integrated. The AC-DC driver supplies DC to the conductor rail, and each lighting unit is magnetically attached to the rail receiving the power.

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Linear Connection

The Linear Connection Solution also utilized 200x50mm OLED panels with chrome-finished casing. Each lighting unit is magnetically connected with other units in a series, and the units are also magnetically attached to the metal surface. When distance between the panels is required, and extension bar can be placed in between.

The mounting solutions can be easily applied anywhere, from retail store shelving to general home furniture.

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The Transparent Electrode uses 320x110mm OLED panels. A transparent mesh conductive film, OLED panel and protection film are laminated on a sheet of glass. Hence, OLEDs turn on without direct wiring to the panels; therefore achieve a floating effect. The Transparent Electrode would be a great fit for retail shelving where temperature is a sensitive factor for instance in the cases of cosmetics of food. Different shapes and sizes of OLEDs can be applied diverse design needs.

Bernd Unrecht releases suspended lamp “Adjust S-OLED”

Bernd Unrecht, a German lighting company, introduced the “Adjust” series of OLED light panels that emit glare-free and diffuse light into their surroundings. They come in three sizes (3, 6, or 12 OLED panels).

 

The OLED panels used for the “Adjust” series emit warm-white light (3,000K) and features a high CRI of 90, a brightness level of 3,000 cd/m2, and a lifetime of 40,000 hours. The power consumption is 2.55W (150lm). These are 14×14 cm OLED panels with a 12.9×12.9 cm active area.

 

Given their features, it is assumed that LG Chem’s N6SC30, one of the company’s square type products, is used.

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BMW’s Luxury Sedan, ‘BMW Vision Future Luxury’ is furnished with OLED at rear

On the 11th, BMW Korea announced that the ‘BMW Vision Future Luxury’ was unveiled for the first time in the country as inviting 300 VIPs to the Yeongjongdo BMW Driving Center for 6 days from the 4th to 9th.

BMW Vision Future Luxury was introduced first time at the Beijing Auto Show this year and it was intended to be a concept car suggesting the direction of luxury sedan that BMW is pursing for a long time. It provides a whole new experience of luxury equipped with the qualities of intelligently lightened engineering, innovative interior design, and completely new user interface design.

Especially the L-shaped rear lights are applied with OLED lighting panel for the first time on a BMW which is much thinner and lighter than the existing LED and emits even light

DOE, Announcing New OLED lighting Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its selection of nine (9) solid-state lighting (SSL) R&D projects. Four out nine projects are related to OLED lighting and selected companies/universities to run the projects are OLED Works, Pixelligent Technologies, Princeton University, and University of California. The project funding will be over $13.7 million (DOE funding, $10.5 million) and funding for each project was not revealed. It is expected that these one-to two-year projects will accelerate cost reduction of SSL technology and improvement of quality and performance.

Details of the OLED lighting projects are as follows.

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<DOE’s New OLED lighting Projects, Source : DOE>