Organic light by OMLED

Lighting designer and inventor Thomas Emde formed his own company, emdedesign GmbH. We spoke to him about this ground-breaking modern lighting solution.

You are currently bringing the world's first complete OLED light family to the market. What is it that fascinates you about this light?

 

The quality of light and the sustainability of OLEDs have been inspiring me for years. The OLED brings back what we have lost: pleasant, soft light for everybody. It gives us light that doesn't dazzle or burn us, and it can meet today's demands for energy efficiency.

 

Before you founded your own lighting company, you were focused on illuminating architecture. What made you change direction?

 

Over the last 15 years, I often wondered how much light and what kind of light people actually need. It's not about having more and more light to illuminate our planet at night and to turn night into day. It’s about having a measured interaction with light as a valuable and vital resource.With OLED technology, I see the chance to give people good, energy-efficient and measured light once again.

What is special about your OLED light family?


We reduced all components to an absolute minimum when designing our light family. We also support the characteristics of the OLEDs by using only satinized and printed glass. This makes the light appear even softer; what is visible is a softly glowing glass surface of light.The specifically developed driver electronics are integrated in the glass cover of the lamp, so the OLED panels can be replaced effortlessly. This is a huge advantage over most LED lights.

Do you see OLEDs and LEDs as competitors?

 

No, on the contrary. Both technologies have their respective applications; they complement each other. The LED bulb is a point-source spotlight that can illuminate surfaces over a great distance. The OLED is a two-dimensional light source that can be used close to people, and is able to illuminate the immediate environment without glare.

Looking into the crystal ball, how do you see the future of OLEDs?

 

Initially the LED was merely a glowing indicator light on a dashboard - today it is a high-beam headlight. LED technology is on its way to having a monopoly, and we urgently need technology that can complement it. Together with partner companies, we have created an OLED patent portfolio for new applications, products and processes. The future of OLED is in meaningful and useful products and applications.

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