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Looking to the Future


Edward Lees, Product Manager at Toshiba Lighting Systems UK, discusses the rise of new lighting technologies.


LEDs are often seen as the


technology that will solve all our lighting needs, which is not surprising taking into consideration the considerable energy savings the technology brings.


But will the future really be all about LEDs? Not necessarily; I believe that LEDs are only part of the ultimate answer, and we will see a combination of LED, OLED and LD (laser-based white lighting) working alongside each other.


LED lighting has developed very quickly and no doubt has a lot more to offer. The technology has opened up possibilities for lighting designers and allowed our imagination to go further with our creativity. However, while its point light source nature lends itself to accent and display lighting very well, it’s not ideal for large surface illuminations. This is where OLED technology could step in. Emitting light more evenly across a large surface area, with less glare and without the need for diffusers or optics, this thin film is ideal for applications where large spreads of light are required. It also allows new luminaire designs that are thinner, more lightweight and less obtrusive, and can be applied to unusual shapes.


The issue at present is that OLED is in the very early stages of development, and is therefore costly. But consider that it was only in 1996 that the white LED was introduced! OLED could potentially develop at an even more accelerated rate and become a real player in the next decade.


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If you combine the advantages of LED for certain applications with those of OLED for others, you’ll suddenly cover a great range of scenarios while reducing energy consumption and maintenance costs, without compromising on the light quality. You also have LD lighting in the mix; it truly is the cutting edge of lighting technology, and it was welcomed enthusiastically at the Light+Building show where we presented it for the first time. The


“OLED could potentially develop at an even more accelerated rate and become a real player in the next decade.”


very high intensity point light source will make it ideal for projector, airfield and automotive lighting. It could also be the best solution for replacing fibre optic lighting. It’s an exciting technology and one to keep an eye on. Is the future bright? Definitely. Is the


future all about LEDs? Not necessarily. It’s about choosing the right technology for the right situation. And the good news is, that with new innovative products, we don’t have to work with unsuitable technologies – we actually have something for everyone.


Contact


Toshiba Lighting Systems UK T: +44 (0)1932 841600 www.toshiba.co.uk/lighting


www.a1lighngmagazine.com


Toshiba enjoyed a great reaction to their OLED products on display at this years Light+Building.


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