OLEDs: Energy-Saving Light (without all the headache)


One of the great attributes of OLED lighting is that they produce a soft, diffused and dimmable lighting source. In other words, they are easy on the eyes. Another fantastic trait is that they are much more efficient and eco-friendly than any lighting alternative. Why am I telling you this? Well, as we recently learned, eco-friendly isn't always consumer-friendly when it comes to lighting. Here's a story from The Daily Mail on how the soon-to-be-compulsory energy saving bulbs are giving consumers headaches (literally):

Energy saving light bulbs can trigger migraines, health experts and charities warned last night.They have been inundated with complaints about the fluorescent bulbs, which are due to become compulsory in homes within four years. Campaigners are calling for the Government to allow an opt-out for people with health problems so they can continue to use old-style bulbs.

The warning follows concerns that eco-bulbs can trigger dizziness, loss of focus and discomfort among people with epilepsy.

There have also been complaints from people with lupus - an auto-immune disease causing many symptoms including pain.

Low energy lightbulbs are miniature versions of the fluorescent strip lights common in offices and kitchens. The latest generation are the size of conventional incandescent bulbs with a filament, but use just a quarter of the energy.

Although they are often five times the cost of old-fashioned bulbs, they use around a quarter of the energy and can pay for themselves within months. Critics, however, say the technology is still not up to scratch. Many complain the light is cold or green, and they take up to a minute to warm up properly, and because they are fluorescent, they flicker.

To repeat: OLED lights are efficient. They are eco-friendly. They do not flicker. They are consistent. They are easy on the senses.

Starting to see the bigger picture? Yeah, us too.