At the 10th CAR-ELE JAPAN, Many Companies Unveiled Automotive OLED Display and Lighting

By Hana Oh (

OLED display and lighting are expected to become increasingly applied to the interior and exterior of automobiles.

At CES 2018, Samsung Electronics introduced the OLED-applied dashboard. LG Electronics unveiled the center fascia with 14-inch OLED, and OLED set makers continue to exhibit their OLED applications for automobiles.

At the 10th CAR-ELE JAPAN held in TOKYO BIG SIGHT(Tokyo International Exhibition Center) on 17th, several companies including Tianma and Truly exhibited automotive OLED displays and lighting.

Tianma exhibited 4.2-inch, 5.46-inch and 5.99-inch OLED panels. The 5.99-inch OLED was a full-screen OLED, and the company official said “The full screen will be applied not only to mobile devices but also to automobiles such as CIDs and navigation systems due to the nature of automotive displays sensitive to visual impacts.” It is said they produced the OLED Panel with high luminance, including 5.46-inch and 4.2-inch OLED with luminance of 650 cd/m2, ensuring good high visibility under sunlight. In addition, they announced that they will manufacture unbreakable flexible type of OLED even though the exhibited OLEDs were all rigid type.

<Tianma’s Automotive OLED Panel>

Truly exhibited 5.5-inch OLED panel. The company’s official mentioned that although they can not disclose detailed specifications, it should be further developed in terms of reliability for the application to the current automotive displays. In addition, they announced that automotive potentials such as autonomous vehicles are so huge that the importance of displays that can provide visual information will become even more important, and therefore they will invest in it.

Lastly, Nippon Electric Glass introduced OLED lighting which was created in collaboration with OLEDWorks. “This was created as interior lights and taillights for vehicles.” and “The OLED lighting substrate uses IEL(internal extraction layer) to improve more efficiency when applied to indoor lights, and better visibility when applied to taillights,” explained the company’s official.”

<OLED Lighting exhibited by Nippon Electric Glass>

Meanwhile, in relation to OLED lighting, OLED light source companies such as LG Display and Osram supplied the OLED lights for tail lights to finished car makers such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW. In particular, it is expected to start the OLED lighting market in earnest, for example LG Display’s announcement of full-scale operation of the Gen5 OLED light source production line in December.

제 10회 CAR-ELE JAPAN에서 다수의 업체들이 자동차용 OLED 디스플레이와 조명을 전시

By Hana Oh (

OLED 디스플레이와 조명은 자동차 실내외에 더욱 더 적용 될 것으로 예상된다.

지난 CES 2018에서 Samsung Electronics는 OLED가 적용 된 계기판을 선보였으며 LG Electronics는 14 inch대의 OLED가 적용 된 센터페시아를 공개하는 등, OLED 세트 업체들의 자동차용 OLED 어플리케이션 전시는 지속적으로 이루어 지고 있다.

17일 일본 도쿄 빅사이트에서 개최 된 제 10회 CAR-ELE JAPAN에서도 Tianma와 Truly등 다수의 업체들이 자동차용 OLED 디스플레이와 조명을 전시하였다.

Tianma는 4.2 inch와 5.46 inch, 5.99 inch OLED 패널을 전시하였다. 5.99 inch OLED는 full screen 형태의 OLED로써, 업체 관계자는 “시각적 영향을 많이 받는 자동차용 디스플레이 특성 상 full screen은 모바일 기기 뿐만 아니라 CID와 네비게이션 등 자동차 내부에도 적용 될 것”이라 밝혔다. 5.46 inch와 4.2 inch OLED 패널의 휘도는 650 cd/m2로, 햇빛 아래에서도 야외시인성이 좋아야 하기 때문에 높은 휘도의 OLED 패널을 제작하였다고 업체 관계자는 언급했다. 또한, 전시 된 OLED는 모두 rigid type 이지만 깨지지 않는 flexible type의 OLED도 제작 할 것임을 밝혔다.

<Tianma에서 제작 한 automotive용 OLED 패널>

Truly는 5.5 inch OLED 패널을 전시하였다. 업체 관계자는 자세한 사양을 공개할 수는 없지만 현재 자동차용 디스플레이에 적용 되기엔 신뢰성 측면에서 좀 더 발전되어야 함을 언급하였다. 이어서, 자율주행자동차 등 자동차가 발전 할 요소가 많은 만큼 시각적 정보를 제공할 수 있는 디스플레이의 중요성도 더욱 더 부각 될 것이기에 이를 위한 투자도 진행 될 것이라 밝혔다.

마지막으로 Nippon Electric Glass는 OLEDWorks와 협업하여 제작 된 OLED 조명을 선보였다. 업체관계자는 “자동차 실내 조명과 후미등용으로 제작 되었다”고 설명하며, “OLED 조명의 기판을 IEL(internal extraction layer)로 사용함으로써 실내 조명에 적용 시 더욱 더 효율이 향상되고 후미등에 적용 시 시인성이 향상되는 효과가 있다”라고 밝혔다.

<Nippon Electric Glass에서 전시한 OLED 조명>

한편, OLED 조명은 LG Display와 Osram 등 OLED 광원 업체들이 Mercedes-Benz와 BMW 등의 완성차 업체에 tail light용 OLED 조명을 납품한 바 있으며, 특히 LG Display는 지난 12월 Gen5 OLED 광원 양산라인의 본격 가동을 알리는 등 OLED 조명의 본격적인 시장 개화가 기대되고 있다.


Fraunhofer Institute will introduce automotive flexible OLED lighting at ISAL 2017

Specialized in development and manufacturing OLED module, Fraunhofer Institute will introduce Automotive flexible OLED lighting with adjusted color at ISAL 2017 which will be held in Darmstadt, Germany from 25th to 27th September. Fraunhofer Institute had released previously OLED which the color can be adjusted by rigid substrate in 2015.

Fraunhofer Institute has continued to develop flexible OLED lighting since then. Flexible OLED lighting which will be shown at ISAL 2017 is known to be changed to yellow and blue color. It can be shown as white light by making of yellow and blue color at the same time.

Fraunhofer Institute predicts that flexible OLED lighting will be replaced for car interior lights and it could also be used on the ceiling or winding parts where lights cannot be built easily. Commercial lighting is required to have heatsink and unfortunately it can not be easily built with lack of flexibility in design. However flexible OLED lighting is very light and thin which means it is expected to be widely used for Automotives interior with its flexible design. Fraunhofer Institute also made a comment that they may produce flexible OLED substrate glass, metal and plastic film as well.

OLED lighting has been recently used for Automotives interior and it is expected to be used more in the next generation. Customized Automotive service company, Changscustom showed OLED lighting built in the car at Seoul Auto 2016. Furthermore lighting companies including LG Display and Osram supplied OLED tail light with Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Meanwhile, according to 2017 OLED Lighting Annual Report which was recently published by UBi Research, using of Automotive OLED Lighting will be increased to $2.11 billion in 2025 from $6.4 million in 2017 with 107% of growth rate. Especially flexible OLED Lighting is expected to capture a higher market share more than 95% and flexible OLED Lighting will be widely used instead of rigid OLED lighting.

Starting to have mass production process in Gen5 OLED of LG Display from end of September, lighting market is expected to reach full growth. The growth of OLED lighting market is being watched with keen interest to compare with strong growth of OLED display market.

Fraunhofer Institute, ISAL 2017에서 차량용 flexible OLED 조명을 선보일 예정

OLED 모듈의 개발과 제작을 전문적으로 하고 있는 Fraunhofer Institute가 9월 25일부터 27일까지 독일 다름슈타트에서 진행되는 ISAL 2017에서 색조절이 가능한 차량용 flexible OLED를 선보일 예정이라 밝혔다. Fraunhofer Institute는 지난 2015년 rigid 기판을 이용하여 색 조절이 가능한 OLED를 선보인 바 있다.

2015년 이후 Fraunhofer Institute는 flexible OLED 조명을 지속적으로 개발해왔다. 이번 ISAL 2017에서 선보일 flexible OLED 조명은 노란색과 파란색 2가지 색상으로 색 변환이 가능하며 2가지 색상을 동시에 발현하여 백색광을 표현할 수도 있는 것으로 알려졌다.

Fraunhofer Institute는 flexible OLED 조명이 기존의 차량 내부 조명을 대체 할 뿐만 아니라 천장이나 굴곡이 있는 부분 등 설치가 힘든 부분에도 적용 될 것으로 전망했다. 기존의 조명은 SMPS나 방열판이 필요하고 유연한 특성이 부족했기 때문에 설치 제약이 있지만 flexible OLED 조명은 얇고 가벼울 뿐만 아니라 디자인 자율성이 뛰어나 차량 내부에 광범위하게 적용이 될 것으로 기대를 모으고 있다. Fraunhofer Institute는 flexible OLED용 기판이 초 박막 유리나 금속 또는 플라스틱 필름으로 제조가 가능하다고 설명했다.

최근 OLED 조명은 차량 실내외로 적용되며 차세대 차량용 조명으로 큰 관심을 받고 있다. 맞춤형 자동차 서비스 회사인 Changscustom은 OLED 조명을 차량 내부에 설치하여 Seoul Auto 2016에 전시한 바 있으며, LG Display와 Osram 등 OLED 광원 업체들은 Mercedes-Benz와 BMW 등의 완성차 업체에 tail light용 OLED 광원을 납품하기도 하였다.

<Fraunhofer Institute의 차량용 flexible OLED 조명, 출처: Fraunhofer Institute>

한편, 유비산업리서치에서 최근 발간한 2017 OLED Lighting Annual Report에 따르면 차량용 OLED 광원은 2017년 640만 달러에서 2025년 21.1억 달러로 연평균 107%의 성장률을 기록할 것으로 전망했다. 특히, flexible OLED 광원이 2021년까지 95% 이상의 시장 점유율을 차지 할 것으로 예상하며 flexible OLED 광원이 rigid OLED 광원보다 적극적으로 채용 될 것으로 전망했다.

OLED 광원 시장은 9월 말부터 본격 가동 되는 LG Display의 Gen5 OLED 광원 양산라인을 시작으로 본격적인 시장 개화가 기대되고 있다. OLED 광원 시장이 OLED 디스플레이 시장만큼 괄목할 만한 성장세를 보여줄 수 있을지 귀추가 주목되고 있다.

유비리서치, 2017 OLED 광원 보고서 발간 : LG Display, 조명용 OLED 패널 본격 양산, 본격적인 시장 개화 기대

■ LG Display 9월 말부터 5세대 조명용 OLED 패널 양산 시작

■ 2021년 OLED 조명 패널 시장 약 19억 달러, 2025년 약 58억 달러의 규모 형성 예상



LG Display가 9월 말부터 5세대 조명용 OLED 패널 양산을 시작할 예정으로 OLED 조명 시장이 본격적으로 개화 될 수 있을지 관심이 집중 되고 있다. LG Display에 따르면 월 생산 규모는 15K로서 추후에는 90K까지 설비를 증설 할 것으로 알려졌다.


유비리서치가 8일 발간한 ‘2017 OLED Lighting Annual Report’에 따르면, 전세계 OLED 조명 패널 시장은 2020년부터 크게 성장해 오는 2021년에는 약 19억 달러의 규모를 형성할 것으로 전망했다. 또한 2017년부터 2025년까지 연평균 85%의 성장률을 보이며 2025년에는 58억 달러의 규모를 형성할 것으로 예상했다.


OLED 조명은 얇고 가벼우며 유연한 패널 구현이 가능하기 때문에 설치 공간의 제약이 없고 디자인 자율성이 뛰어나다. 또한, 발열과 flicker 현상이 적고 편안한 분위기를 조성할 수 있기 때문에 일반 실내 조명 뿐만 아니라 차량용과 전시용, 의료용으로 OLED 조명이 채용되고 있다.


하지만 OLED 조명 시장은 모바일 기기와 TV에 적극 적용되고 있는 OLED 디스플레이 시장에 비해 더딘 성장세를 보였다. Osram은 주로 차량용 OLED 조명에 개발을 집중하고 있으며 Philips는 OLED 조명 사업부를 OLEDWorks에 매각했다. 또한, Sumitomo와 Konica Minolta 등의 일본 패널업체들도 산업용이나 의료용 등 다각도로 OLED 조명을 개발 중이지만 큰 성장세를 보이진 못했다.


이번 LG Display의 Gen5 OLED 양산라인 본격 가동으로 조명용 OLED panel 가격이 100 x 100 mm기준 US$ 10 이하로 떨어질 것으로 기대되고 있으며 이를 바탕으로 실내 조명 뿐만 아니라 차량용 조명, 전시용 조명 등 다양한 분야에 걸쳐 적용 될 것으로 보여 더딘 성장세를 보이는 OLED 조명 시장의 활력소가 될 수 있을지 귀추가 주목되고 있다.


유비리서치는 LG Display가 2017년 전세계 조명용 OLED 패널 시장의 약 70% 점유율을 차지할 것으로 예상했으며 2020년에도 약 50%의 점유율로 OLED 조명 패널 시장을 지속적으로 리딩할 것으로 전망했다.


한편, ‘2017 OLED Lighting Annual Report’는 차세대 조명시장 동향과 유망 application 분석, LG Display 투자에 따른 OLED lighting cost 분석, 조명용 OLED 시장 전망 등을 기술하여 OLED 조명 산업의 큰 흐름을 파악할 수 있도록 하였다. 특히, 조명용 OLED 시장 전망과 조명용 OLED 소재 시장 전망, 조명용 OLED 장비 시장 전망을 다양한 관점에서 분석하였기 때문에 관련 업체들의 OLED 조명 시장 파악에 도움이 될 것으로 기대 된다.


< 전체 OLED 조명 panel 매출액 전망>

UBI research publishes 2017 OLED lighting report : LG Display, ready to mass-produce OLED light panel, expecting OLED lighting market to grow fast

■ LG Display starts mass production of 5G OLED panel for lighting from the end of September

■ OLED lighting panel market is projected to grow from US$ 1.9billion in 2021 to US$ 5.8billion by 2025


LG Display will start mass production of 5G OLED light panels from the end of September, therefore attention is focused on whether the OLED lighting market is growing rapidly. According to LG Display, monthly production capacity is 15K, and it is to be increased to 90K later.


According to the ‘2017 OLED Lighting Annual Report’ published by UBI Research on August 8, the global OLED lighting panel market is expected to grow to about US$ 1.9 billion by 2021. Furthermore, it is projected to have a CAGR of 85% for the period 2017-2025, and form a market of US$ 5.8 billion in 2025.

Because OLED lighting is thin, light and flexible, it does not limit the installation space and has excellent design autonomy. In addition, OLED lighting is used for automotive, exhibition, and medical as well as general indoor lighting because it can create a comfortable atmosphere with little heat and flicker.


However, the market for OLED lighting has been slower than that of OLED display, which is widely applied to mobile devices and TVs. Osram focuses primarily on automotive OLED lighting, and Philips sold its OLED lighting division to OLEDWorks. Also, Japanese panel makers such as Sumitomo Chemical and Konica Minolta have developed OLED lighting for industrial and medical applications. Nevertheless, it seems to take time for OLED lighting to become eventually a large market.

With LG Display’s mass production of Gen5 OLED line, the price of OLED light panel is estimated to drop below US $ 10 (100 x 100 mm). The significant price competiveness might enable OLED panels to be applied to various areas such as automobile and display lighting as well as indoor lighting. Owing to this expectation, attention is focused on whether the OLED lighting market, showing signs of slow growth, can be materialized.

UBI Research predicted that LG Display would account for about 70% of the world’s lighting OLED panel market in 2017, and will continue to lead the OLED lighting panel market with a 50% market share in 2020.


Meanwhile, ‘2017 OLED Lighting Annual Report’ describes trends of next-generation lighting market, promising applications, cost analysis upon the investment of LG Display and forecast of OLED lighting market. Since it analyses particularly OLED lighting market, materials market, and equipment market forecasts for OLED lighting from various perspectives, it is expected to help the related companies identify the OLED lighting market.


<Sales forecast for total OLED lighting panels>

Light+building 2016 LGD OLED Lighting

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[Lighting Japan 2016] LED Lighting Industry Crisis. Solution?

Osram Bussiness Unit Digital Systems's CEO, Geert van der Meer, Lighting Japan 2016

Osram Bussiness Unit Digital Systems’s CEO, Geert van der Meer, Lighting Japan 2016


In Lighting Japan 2016 Keynote Session, Geer van der Meer, CEO of Osram Business Unit Digital Systems, suggested directions for future lighting industry.


Geert van der Meer explained that the current lighting market is rapidly adopting LED, but the large volume of Chinese products is decreasing the price of LED source and device quickly. He emphasized that with the trend of disappearance of lighting companies’ profit, new business format is required to create profit.


The new businesses suggested by Osram are embedded lighting, and connected and smart lighting. He suggested lighting industry should move toward where the lighting can be used as part of building materials through internal installations and utilization as indirect illumination, and adopt smart system and form smart building and furthermore, smart city.


The current lighting market’s players are being joined by IT related companies, BMS (business management system) companies, and electronic appliances companies, and its megatrend is changing rapidly. Accordingly, Osram is expanding from the existing lighting to lighting electronics such as module and control gears, lighting solution system, and specialty lighting such as OLED and automotive. Osram also revealed that they took over a wireless energy management system company called ENCELIUM and intensifying focus on smart lighting system business.


Smart system provides many different functions such as energy reporting, remote and preventative maintenance, personal lighting control, and zone analysis among others and can optimize energy reduction, maintenance cost reduction, and workspace environment. Van der Meer emphasized that new function can be created through lighting used area’s data analysis and become the focus of future lighting analysis.


[Lighting Japan 2016] LED 조명산업의 위기, 해결책은?

Osram Bussiness Unit Digital Systems의 CEO, Geert van der Meer, Lighting Japan 2016

Lighting Japan 2016의 keynote session에서 Osram Bussiness Unit Digital Systems의 CEO인 Geert van der Meer은 조명산업이 앞으로 나아가야 할 방향에 대해 제시하였다.

Geert van der Meer은 “현재 조명시장은 LED화가 급격하게 진행되고 있지만 중국업체들의 물량 공세에 LED source와 기구 가격이 급격히 하락하고 있어 조명 제조업체들의 이윤창출이 없어지고 있는 추세라며, 이윤을 창출하기 위한 새로운 비즈니스 형태가 필요하다.”라고 강조하였다.

Osram이 제시한 새로운 비즈니스는 embedded lighting과 connected and smart lighting으로 조명들을 내설하거나 간접조명으로의 활용을 통해 실내 인테리어와 같은 건축자재의 일부로 사용하고, smart system을 도입하여 smart building과 더 나아가 smart city를 구성하는 방향으로 나아가야 한다고 발표하였다.

현재 조명시장은 기존의 조명업체 뿐만아니라 IT관련업체와 BMS(Business Management System)업체, 가전업체들까지 가세하고 있는 추세여서 조명산업의 Megatrend가 빠르게 변하고 있다. 이에 따라 Osram 기존 조명에서 탈바꿈하여 모듈과 control gears와 같은 조명용 electronics와, Lighting solution system, OLED와 automotive와 같은 specialty lighting등으로 사업확장을 진행 중이며, 특히 ENCELIUM이라는 wireless energy management system 업체를 인수하여 smart lighting system 사업을 집중적으로 강화하고 있다고 밝혔다.

이러한 smart system은 energy reporting과 remote and preventive maintenance, personal lighting control, zone analysis 등이 가능하게 되어 energy절감과 유지비용 감소, workspace환경 최적화를 할 수 있으며 특히 zone analysis는 조명이 사용된 공간의 데이터분석을 통해 새로운 용도를 창출 가능하여 앞으로의 조명산업의 핵심이 될 것이라고 강조하였다.

Lighting Industry Market Control by Stable Major Companies, OLED Lighting Shakes It Up

Key companies of lighting industry, such as Osram, Philips, Panasonic, and GE Lighting, occupies approximately 70% of total lighting market and maintains stable entry barrier. Most of the key companies are also actively carrying out OLED lighting development as next generation lighting. As they reveal new OLED lighting panels each year, it is estimated that these companies will play a major role in next generation lighting market.

However, once OLED lighting market is vitalized, the existing lighting companies’ stable market control is expected to be rattled.

OLED Lighting Annual Report, published by UBI Research, pointed out that major lighting companies have already invested in LED lighting in large scale, and estimated until the investment cost is returned new investment for OLED lighting will be difficult. To stimulate OLED lighting market the report suggested push market, a strategy being used in display market. According to the report, the production cost competitiveness can be achieved through aggressive investment by LG Chem. and new OLED lighting companies such as Lumiotec. The report also estimated once OLED lighting market is open through aggressive investment and push market strategy, the lighting market leadership will be transferred to new OLED lighting companies which invested in OLED lighting early from major companies which missed investment timing.

Total Lighting Market Structure Forecast

Total Lighting Market Structure Forecast

OLED lighting market is currently being formed through specialized uses such as for interior/outdoor design, shop, restaurant, medical, and cosmetic. Konica Minolta has already completed mass production line investment and the line has been in operation since the end of 2014. LG Chem. is also positively considering mass production line investment. When OLED lighting panel’s active mass production begins, the market is forecast to expand as specialized lighting and replacement lighting for incandescent and fluorescent lights. From 2020, when OLED lighting panel is estimated to achieve reasonable price as interior lighting through major panel companies’ active mass production, it is estimated it will grow by encroaching part of LED lighting market.

From 2017 OLED lighting panel market for interior lighting is forecast to grow rapidly at CAGR of approximately 90%, and record US$ 5,700 million revenue in 2025. Flexible OLED lighting panel is estimated to be used where normal lighting application is difficult and occupy approximately 27% of OLED interior lighting market in 2025.

Interior Lighting Market Forecast

Interior Lighting Market Forecast


견고한 조명산업 major 업체들의 시장 지배력, OLED lighting이 뒤흔든다.

조명산업의 핵심 업체는 Osram과 Philips, Panasonic, GE Lighting 등으로 전체 조명시장의 약 70%를 차지하며 견고한 진입장벽을 구축하고 있다. 또한 핵심업체 중 대부분은 차세대 조명으로 OLED lighting 개발도 적극적으로 진행하며 매년 새로운 OLED lighting panel들을 공개하고 있어 차세대 조명시장에서도 핵심 역할을 할 것으로 대부분의 업계에서 예상하고 있다.

하지만 OLED lighting 시장이 활성화가 된다면 기존 핵심 조명업체들의 견고한 시장 지배력이 흔들릴 것으로 전망된다.

<표1. 전체 조명 시장 구도 전망>

유비산업리서치에서 발간한 “OLED Lighting Annual Report”에 따르면, major 조명업체들은 이미 LED lighting에 대한 대규모 투자가 이루어 졌기 때문에 투자비가 회수되기 전 까지는 OLED lighting에 대한 신규 투자를 할 여력이 없을 것으로 예상 했다. OLED lighting 시장이 활성화가 되기 위해서는 display 시장에서 push market으로 시장을 형성하듯이 LG Chem.과 Lumiotec등의 신규 OLED lighting 업체들이 공격적인 투자로 원가경쟁력을 확보하여 push market으로서 OLED lighting 시장을 형성해야 될 것으로 내다봤다. 또한 보고서에서는 공격적인 투자와 push market 전략으로 OLED lighting 시장 개화가 이루어 진다면 투자 시점을 놓친 major 업체들에서 투자를 먼저 진행한 신규 OLED lighting 업체들로의 조명시장 주도권이 넘어갈 것으로 전망하였다.

현재 OLED lighting 시장은 실내/실외 design과 shop, restaurant, medical, cosmetics등 특수 용도로서 시장을 형성해 나가고 있다. Konica Minolta에서는 이미 양산라인에 대한 투자가 완료되어 2014년 말부터 가동 중에 있으며 LG Chem.도 양산라인 투자를 긍정적으로 검토 중이다. OLED lighting panel의 본격적인 양산이 시작되면 특수조명 시장과 백열등과 형광등의 대체조명으로 시장을 확대할 것으로 예상되며, 주요 panel 업체들의 본격적인 양산을 통해 OLED lighting panel이 실내조명으로서 합리적인 가격을 확보하게 될 것으로 예상되는 시점인 2020년부터는 실내조명 시장에서 LED lighting 시장의 일부를 잠식하며 성장할 것으로 전망된다.

실내조명용 OLED lighting panel 시장은 2017년부터 연평균 성장률 약 90%로 급성장 할 것으로 전망되며 2025년에 US$ 5,700 million 규모가 될 것으로 예상된다. 또한 실내조명으로서 flexible OLED lighting panel은 일반 조명들이 적용되기 어려운 부분에 실내 interior용 조명으로 적용되어 2025년 OLED 실내조명 시장의 약 27%를 차지할 것으로 전망된다.


<표2. 실내조명 시장전망>

LG Chem, DIY KIT Released for Average Consumers to Experience OLED Lighting

In February 2015 LG Chem released OLED DIY Kit in Korea so that average consumers can directly experience the high quality of OLED light, closest to the natural light.

OLED is a light-emitting diode formed with organic semiconductors that emit light with its characteristic color. OLED is currently being used for TV and lighting, and receiving attention as the next generation diode. Particularly, spectrum distribution of OLED lighting is closest to the sunlight and produces a sense of stability of being under the natural light. Additionally, with its high color rendering index, colors can be accurately reproduced. Unlike the existing light sources, OLED is not hot to touch, and does not hurt eyes when looked directly. With no UV rays, it is a human-friendly light. It also produces almost no blue light compared to other sources and as such it is effective in eyesight protection. It is thin, light, flexible, and has potential for infinite designs.

In order for the average consumers to experience the OLED lighting with these advantages, LG Chem prepared the OLED DIY Kit with simplest possible components and connection method. Single Kit contains one LG Chem’s 100x100mm OLED module, Double Kit contains two modules for wider choice, and DIY Kit includes an OLED panel (a bulb equivalent), switch, and wiring set linked to connectors. It has an accessible and simple structure so that the light comes on just by linking the connectors two or three times, and connecting a micro 5-pin adaptor (compatible with normal Android mobile phone charger). The panel thickness of LG Chem’s 100x100mm module is only 0.88mm so that even with the neat aluminum case the thickness is 2.2mm. If the module and switch are attached by using wood, paper, or wire, or by reforming existing products, lighting of desired shape is complete.

To showcase environmentally friendly nature of OLED lighting, LG Chem minimized using extravagant packaging material and exuberant colors, and produced a simple cardboard box. It is an ultra-energy conserving light of high energy efficiency with less than 2.5W required for Single Kit, and less than 5W for Double Kit.

Of the OLED lighting industry, LG Chem is producing the world’s best performing OLED lighting panels with largest size and best lifetime surpassing other companies such as Philips and Osram. Due to their own key material production and advanced process technology, LG Chem also has an edge in price. In order to accommodate consumers’ requests, a testing team made up with staff of LG affiliated companies was formed and generated various DIY production ideas. The final DIY Kit was produced with improvements suggested by the testing team.

In Korea, OLED DIY KIT is currently being sold on internet shopping sites such as G Market and 11St. LG Chem is planning to release the product in Japan and China from April, and rest of the world, including Europe and USA, from May.

<Example of LG Chem.’s OLED DIY KIT Use, Source : LG Chem.>

<LG Chem.’s DIY Kit Components and Connection Method, Source : LG Chem.>


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