Lumiotec to Ship Highest-CRI OLED Lighting Panels
Lumiotec Inc., a company specializing in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting panels, will ship commercially produced OLED lighting panels that achieve the world’s highest color rendering index of Ra93 beginning in August 2012. The OLED panels are capable of revealing red tones and human skin colors, which has heretofore been an industry limitation.
With a light output approximating natural light, the panel is capable of reproducing the original color of various materials, from fresh food to clothing. The OLED panels being launched to market are the P06 Series (natural white) available in five sizes, as were the previous commercial production panels (P3, P4 and P5 Series). The shipment prices of the P06 Series, with a luminescent efficiency of 28 lm/W (lumens/watt), will remain the same.
Lumiotec was the first in the world to begin marketing commercial OLED lighting panels (natural white and lamp color) in January 2011. Responding to requests from customers for high-efficiency, high-CRI panels, Lumiotec began to sell the high-efficiency series (40 lm/W, lamp color) in April of this year.
Color rendering index is a crucial factor for lighting equipment, along with efficiency and durability. In general, natural light is used as a criterion with the value of 100. Index numbers incrementally closer to 100 indicate higher color reproducibility. The P06 Series has not only achieved a high color rendering index of Ra93 but has also realized high-level reproducibility throughout all colors.
In retail stores high color–rendering OLED panels prevent differences in color impression of clothes in the fitting room versus outside lighting conditions. In exhibiting objects at museums all the original colors will be vividly reproduced.
OLED lighting panels offer qualities that conventional light sources, such as incandescent and fluorescent, nor light-emitting diodes (LED) can provide:
- lightweight and extremely thin
- surface light emission, enabling uniform, soft non-glare light
- no ultraviolet or infrared rays, preventing damage to objects being lit
- no harmful substances such as mercury
- low energy consumption, which reduces CO2 emissions