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OSRAM achieves high levels of efficiency and lifetime

A new milestone in the OPAL research project

After only two years of development, OSRAM has achieved record values in the laboratory for organic light emitting diodes in warm white. With an efficiency of 46 lm/W the organic light emitting diodes for lighting applications (OLED Lighting) have a brightness of 1000 cd/m² and last more than 5000 hours. For the first time it has been possible to improve two crucial OLED characteristics simultaneously as up to now these have generally changed in inverse proportion to one another. Higher efficiency used to mean shorter life, and vice versa.

Dr. Karsten Heuser, Director of OLED Lighting Technology at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is pleased with the excellent intermediate results. “Our development team has reached a real milestone for warm white OLEDs with an efficiency of 46 lm/W (CIE of 0.46/0.42 measured in the integrating sphere) and a life of more than 5000 hours. With this significant increase in efficiency and life, OLED flat light sources are approaching the values of conventional lighting solutions and are therefore becoming attractive for a wide variety of applications.”

The color rendering index (CRI) of the almost 100 cm² large prototype is 80. By March 2009, development should be so far advanced that a demonstrator for an energy-saving OLED flat light module comprising several tiles will be able to deliver an overall luminous flux of 500 lm from a power consumption of less than 10 W.

OLEDs will enhance the premium segment with atmospheric light
OLED light sources will be particularly welcome where their special properties as flat light sources offering high quality of light make a real impression, for example in illuminated wall coverings, atmospheric canopies of light and light partitions. With their pleasant diffused light, the color of which can be individually controlled, OLEDs will enhance the premium design segment, for example as light tiles that can be attached to any surface. For widespread applications it will be necessary to produce efficient OLEDs in large numbers at reasonably low cost – an essential objective of the research project.

Joint project involving OSRAM, Siemens CT, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and universities
The remarkable results were achieved as part of the “500 lm Multi-OLED Module” project under the OPAL research consortium. This project is focusing on the optimization of the layer system comprising small molecules, in which the layers are produced by means of vacuum evaporation. In addition to OSRAM, this project involves Siemens Corporate Technology, the universities in Darmstadt, Braunschweig and Augsburg and the IPMS Dresden.

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OSRAM development engineers have reached an important milestone in the development of energy-efficient OLEDs by achieving an efficiency of 46 lm/W and a life of more than 5000 hours.

Source: OSRAM

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