Scientists at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have found a lighting solution that is equivalent to LEDs and more efficient than compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. And, thankfully, it produces more pleasant light than either. Gone, too, is the annoying buzz of the fluorescent light that has universally annoyed officer workers everywhere.
The new lighting is based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology. Instead of producing the harsh yellow light of fluorescent bulbs or the standard LED blue tint, the FIPEL technology produces bulbs that emit a soft white light.
A nano-engineered polymer matrix to convert the FIPELs charge into light. This creates an entirely new type of light bulb not based on anything previously invented. The details of this creation are described in the journal Organic Electronics.
David Carroll, the leader of the lighting breakthrough, and his group are the first to create a large-scale FIPEL that has the potential to replace corporate lighting. Carroll and his team also envision a world where display lighting, marquees, and subway cars, to name a few, use FIPELs.
Lifespan is not an issue for FIPELs. The Wake Forest team has a FIPEL that has worked consistently for ten years, making the light not only pleasant but cost effective.
In the hopes of making their lighting solution ubiquitous, Wake Forest is working with a company to mass produce the technology to distribute to consumers in 2013.