All About OLEDs


What is OLED ?

OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode, which are essentially thin, flat layers of organic molecules that emit light in response to an electrical current. Unlike other forms of lighting (LED, incandescent, etc.), OLEDs function without the presence of a backlight. Instead, the organic semi-conductor is placed between two electrodes (an anode and a cathode), encased by two transparent plates. When given an electric current, the organic material emits a bright and warm “electro-luminescent” light. 

Traditionally, this technology has been used in displays for TVs, laptops, smartphones and other high-end devices, but because they are so thin and lightweight, OLEDs are now being embedded into everyday products as well. Early versions of OLED products lacked durability and a reasonable battery life. These drawbacks, paired with high production costs prevented OLED lights from becoming more widely used. Fortunately, all that is changing and OLEDs represent the future of high quality, portable and sustainable displays and lighting panels.

Differences and Benefits

Would you touch a light bulb that’s been on for hours? Would you try to bend an LED? Could you stare directly into fluorescent lights for more than 3 consecutive minutes? With traditional forms of lighting, the answer to all of those questions would be no (at least we’d hope so).

OLEDs are completely different. Unlike the lights mentioned above, OLEDs are:

Efficient: OLEDs require far less voltage than other forms of lighting. Moreover, they are cool to the touch regardless of how long they’ve been on. Remember the absence of the backlight we mentioned earlier? Not only does that make OLEDs brighter, it also makes them consume less power – increasing battery life by up to 40% when compared to other lighting sources.

Eco-friendly: The organic aspect of OLEDs is a true game changer. OLEDs are produced without the use of any hazardous materials, like Mercury, which significantly reduces their environmental impact. In some instances, OLEDs can function without UV emissions as well. Simply put, they are the most eco-friendly form of lighting on the planet.

Ultra-thin, Transparent: OLEDs have the ability to be produced in such a way that they can bend without breaking – making them extremely durable. The other obvious difference between OLEDs and other forms of lighting is their transparency – the organic film is able to pass light pass in opposite directions.





The “O” in OLED stands for organic, meaning our products are environmentally-friendly with no hazardous substances involved in production. Green lighting…in multiple colors.



With low voltages and cool running temperatures, ALKILU offers the most efficient lighting products on the market.



By dispersing the light source (i.e. no glare) our products are easy on the eyes. And with no noise, they’re easy on the ears as well. Unlike fluorescent lighting – which have actually been linked to migraines – our products offer a smooth, consistent level of brightness with no headaches (literally).



The thin layers of OLEDs make it possible to bend them without breaking – making them extremely durable. Try that with any other light (actually, don’t).



Extremely Thin (<1mm thick), transparent, instant-on, dimmable, tunable and cool to the touch – our products are unlike anything you’ll find in the market today.