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The World of
OLED Lighting
The World of
OLED Lighting

by Pablo Alvarez
for Birot

Pixelate is inspired by the undulating movement of a manta ray sliding across the air. It combines its movement and shape with modern chrome finishing and OLED light, creating an unique ele- ment. It is made combining several weaved layers of stainless steel resulting in a surface of randomly combined light and metal pixels. Each OLED panel has an independent movement, the light can directed slightly to the sides or entirely upwards. The user can rapidly shift between direct and indirect light accordingly to the desired mood and also change the original combination of OLED and metal pixels. Pixelate takes maximum advantage of the thin Lumiblade GL350 panel featuring an ultra-flat design. Its design also lends well to combine more than one Pixelate to create unique scenarios.

Application: celling lamp
Materials: stainless steel
OLED's used: GL350

78 x 78 cm (30.7 x 30.7 in)
91 x 91 cm (35.8 x 35.8 in)
104 x 104 cm (40.9 x 40.9 in)

Philips ThinAir
OLED luminaire

The first Philips ThinAir OLED luminaire comprises four Brite FL300 OLEDs.
Depending on where they are used, customers can combine as many of these units as they wish. The light is designed for use in offices and retail, and fulfils all the regulations and requirements for brightness and non-glare. In order to do so, the Brite FL300 does not illuminate at maximum brightness, instead providing only 500 lumens of light out of a possible 1,200. Dimming the lights in this way has the advantage of extending their service life, allowing them to be lit for around 50,000 hours – a good 50 years of normal use – and even then, they will only have lost around 30 percent of their original brightness.

K Blade
by Riva 1920

Old and new collide in the elegant „K Blade“ desk light from Italian furniture manufacturer Riva1920. The old is provided by the Kauri wood, which can only be found in New Zealand, in the swamp of the same name. After aging for around 48,000 years buried under peat, it obtains a strikingly beautiful color and grain. The new, on the other hand, comes from the lighting technology in the lamp: Riva1920 has chosen the power of the Brite Fl300 OLED for its fi rst desk light.

OLED lights

Emdedesign, the design studio of Frankfurt artist Thomas Emde, presents under the label OMLED a whole series of lights that places the Brite FL300 series at the at the center of the design of the light itself.
Emde set himself the task of developing an honest, pure and natural design for such a light. He deliberately wanted to avoid expensive design objects, and aimed instead to create a functional, affordable light that could get close to people without bothering them. This is why, apart from the OLED modules, the design is made almost exclusively from glass. The connection between the glass and the OLED is based on a patent pending procedure developed by emdedesign. At the same time, this merging of OLED and glass allows more light to be released. The series of lights has been designed as a standard lamp, desk lamp and a pendant lamp, each of which is available in different versions with varying numbers of OLEDs. This allows each user to select the light with the perfect size and output to suit their needs.

by Turnlights

The “Flaps” ceiling lamp designed by the Milan based manufacturer Turnlights is a good example of both functionality and aesthetics. The ceiling lamp uses 18 GL350 OLEDs as arranged in a multi-tile system. Each OLED panel can be rotated on two axes, permitting the user to control the direction and amount of light distributed. “Flaps” provides a comprehensive lighting solution, making 360° ambient lighting possible without moving the lamp from its place. “Flaps” works perfectly in every location where elegant lighting is required – above a table, in a bar or as a reading light in the lounge. Thanks to its moveable parts and ultra-thin OLEDs, Flaps offers endless lighting possibilities with style.

Luminaires @ Audi

15 GL350 Luminaires

Together with Audi and Philips, lighting designer and artist Michael Hammers has designed 15 OLED lights for a very special conference room: the “Win- ter Garden” at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt. The room is located in close proximity to the vehicle delivery and the com- pany’s museum and is used by the Supervisory Board among others. The lights themselves are so thin that they are almost invisible from the side thanks to the OLEDs used. The light really appears to float in the air. Only the necessary power cable gives a subtle hint to the light source. Each of the 15 lamps has a frame structure of alumi- num and a stainless steel front panel in which each of the 36 Lumi- blade GL350 OLEDs are enclosed. The room is illuminated by 3,900 lumens per lamp, so in total there are about 58,000 lumens. This is so much light that additional light sources could be dispensed with. This is the first conference room worldwide to be solely illuminated by OLEDs, showing how quickly this modern lighting technology has come of age.

OLED luminaires

by Pugnale & Nyleve

The Italian designer duo Pugnale & Nyleve have committed themselves to the form of the OLED light.
Several luminaires have been created under their aegis, each of which has boasted a personal touch that sets them apart from the ordinary. Take the „Cherubino“, for example: a small statue of an angel sits atop two Lumiblade GL350 OLEDs mounted on a right-angle bracket, perfect for subtle bookshelf lighting. The angel itself is solid, milled aluminum. „Vittorino“, on the other hand, uses four Lumiblade GL350 OLEDs that face inward instead of outward, illuminating a feather in their center. Both lights are also connected, and can be integrated without any trouble into an existing wireless lighting network (e. g. Hue) and controlled using an iOS device.

kinetic installation

Light floating in the air

Lumiblade OLEDs have many great features, but one particularly stands out in this kinetic installation which was designed by Christopher Bauder/WHITEvoid: their thickness of just 1.8 millimeters (~ 0.07 inches). This means that for the first time moving art installations can be designed that literally cause light to float without the light source being directly visible. The smallest shape in the installation is made by the OLEDs - in this case triangles - and this is reflected in the overall form of the installation. The 36 OLEDs on each of the 24 triangular bases form a larger triangle and the final form is created by superimposed triangles. Even when it is not moving, the 5 by 6 meter (~ 16.4 by 19.7 feet) kinetic installation is impressive. However it really draws attention to itself when the 24 triangles are set in motion and more than 860 OLEDs light up the room. Computer-controlled winches allow breathtaking spectacles to be created that quickly draw an audience, for example in a large company’s reception area or in an airport terminal.

Reveal for
Aston Martin

After his work on Mimosa, Jason Bruges knew that his next project also had to incorporate OLEDs. The British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin commissioned him to create a light installation intended for one special purpose: the delivery of the exclusive One-77 sports car. Instead of a silk cloth covering the car, new owners are initially met with darkness and silence. Slowly, however, more than 750 OLEDs -accompanied by appropriate music - begin their play of light to gradually reveal the body of the sports car.

OLED pendant light
by Kardorff Ingenieure

The largest OLED lamp in the world has been hanging in Berlin since August 2011. The luminescent piece was designed by Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung and is located in an elegant and artistic venue. At over seven meters (~ 23 feet) in height, it fills the stairwell of a spiral staircase in the foyer of an administrative building in the famous Berlin street, Unter den Linden. 24 chrome aluminum frames, each containing four Lumiblade CN4 OLED modules, are stacked above each other and surround a diagonal glass centerpiece with a two-tone finish. Various colors and reflections appear, depending on the viewer’s perspective. During the day the glass surface turns blue, purple and transparent, while at night it becomes a shimmering gold mirror flooded in the attractive light of 384 OLEDs.

Oled Moon
by Dominic Harris &
Cinimod Studio

Dominic Harris is a renowned interactive artist and lighting designer whose chosen palette of materials is lighting, inter-action design, and electronics. His ‘Oled Moon Chandelier’ is the first of a series of chandeliers and bespoke commissions that are based on the new OLED chandelier module. As one moves about the chandelier it at times appears to consist of nothing more than crystals balls which begin to reveal a never-ending beautiful array of crescent shapes generated by the OLEDs within. The incredible flatness of the Lumiblade OLEDs is used to great effect, except in a radical inventive step where an OLED has been embedded within a precisely turned and hand-polished acrylic sphere. This marriage of flatness and volume is responsible for the ephemeral and mesmerizing light that at times is invisible, and at other times appears larger than life.

Moorea by Daniel Lorch
Industrial Design

The German designer Daniel Lorch created Moorea, the first OLED table lamp to deliver 240 lumens of light and thus to have reached a functional level. It illuminates the table powerfully and makes the potential for this exciting future technology tangible. The new adjustment mechanism has no joints. It is based on the elasticity of a thin strip of shape memory alloy, which is stretched with a nylon-reinforced power cable into the desired position. Since the power cord is an integral part of the adjustment mechanism, there is no need for a cable guide. For a quick change of direction, the light can also be rotated on its own axis. The proportions of Moorea are based on the proven dimensions of the classic banker’s lamp, which can often be found on American desks and in libraries.

The Victory from

The “Victory” table lamp from Novaled combines innovative OLED technology and the finest materials to create a unique light design. Ultra-slim light arms incorporate Lumiblade OLEDs in a V-shape inspired by the world-famous victory sign made by the British prime minister Winston Churchill. The lamp is made from high quality full carbon fiber, a high-tech material that is not only extremely sturdy, but also allows extreme forms. Few other materials can incorporate the flatness of an OLED into a design as well as this space-age material. The “Victory” is available in different colors and with a piano lacquer or carbon fiber finish. All of the models are created with elaborate craftsmanship. The characteristic carbon pattern is as unusual and unique as a human fingerprint.

Technical details:
Material: Carbon fiber, four Lumiblade OLEDs
OLED color temperature: 3,500K / CRI ~ 80 / Light
output 120 lm
Dimensions approx. height 35 cm (13.8 in),
width 20 cm (7.9 in), depth 40cm (15.7 in) buy

Audi TT backlight

OLED3D research project

Philips, Audi, Automotive Lighting, Merck and the University of Cologne concluded in July 2013 the "OLED 3D" research project promoted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The partners aimed to analyze and to improve the technology and the subsequent application of 3D OLEDs in automotive applications. The impressive design draft shows the multifaceted possibilities that OLEDs offer in external vehicle lighting. The result creates entirely new pioneering design possibilities for innovative OLED lighting applications in automotive engineering. For example, the OLED-3D consortium has further developed the characteristic rear light design of the Audi TT. Using these ultra-thin, large-area light sources, it has entered the third dimension of space and a totally new dimension of design.

Edge by
Established & Sons

The British architect Amanda Levete designed this elegant lamp - Edge - which contains two transparent plastic Lumiblade modules. Levete designed the lamp so that the wafer-thin OLEDs are not visible at first glance. This results in the viewer having the impression that the flat, folded steel strip produces light itself. Only the colored power cable gives a subtle hint that a light source must be hidden somewhere in Edge. The OLEDs shine light downwards, making Edge a very elegant desk or bedside lamp.

O'Leaf by Modular
Lighting Instruments

Form follows function. Or in the case of O’Leaf ​​by Modular Lighting Instruments – the technology. The design of the lamp was inspired by organic forms – something found more and more in the world of design. What look like three plant leaves from a distance are actually three very elegant lamps, each containing a rectangular Lumiblade OLED. The O’Leaf family is available as a wall, ceiling, floor or table lamp in white or black.

Snow Flake

Exactly 220 GL350 OLEDs were combined by Sandra Marserou and Thomas Düster, both members of the Philips design team led by Rogier van der Heide, to create a breathtaking light installation that was shown at the Light + Building 2012 fair in Frankfurt, Germany. With the OLEDs spread across five rings and set at different angles, viewers were given the impression that they were looking up into snowflakes slowly drifting to earth. Hence the name of the installation: SnowFlakes. At the end of the ‘snowfall’, the OLEDs all illuminated together to immerse viewers in more than 20,000 lumens of OLED light.

Mimosa by
Jason Bruges

The British designer Jason Bruges has created a stunning OLED light installation with approximately 450 square OLEDs on behalf of Philips Lumiblade. The name: Mimosa. Bruges connected groups of five OLEDs together to form flower heads that react to the viewer using sophisticated electronics. If a hand comes near, the flower closes, and it does not open until the hand has moved away. When combined with the graduated dimming of the OLEDs, the result for the viewer is a fascinating play of light.

OLED chandelier by
Rogier van der Heide

Rogier van der Heide is not just a lighting designer with a first-class reputation, he is also the vice president and chief design officer at Philips Lighting and designed this OLED chandelier. A total of 20 GL350 OLEDs prove that OLEDs can not only look beautiful but also deliver truly functional light. The design is reminiscent of two DNA strands wrapped around each other.

Obliq by Trilux

Design and technology merge in this suspended ceiling light designed by Trilux. The Obliq OLED lamp combines minimal weight with extreme stability thanks to the carbon-fibre material used to create it. Fourteen specially developed Lumiblade OLEDs form the central element, and make the design, which incorporates open spaces and organic geometrics, possible thanks to their low installation depth. There are also four high-power LED modules, two of which shine light directly and two that shine indirectly. The interplay of OLED and LED, and the resulting interaction of homogeneous and high-contrast light, creates a completely new light experience.