Verbatim (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi) announced their new color-tunabe and dimmable OLED lighting panels called VELVE (these are made together by Mitsubishi and Pioneer). Verbatim says that the panels are already available - which makes the VELVE the world's first color-tunable OLED lighting panels. Verbatim apparantly offers just one size - 14x14cm, which is similar to Lumiotec's OLED panels.
Verbatim also announced that they will display the new panels at Fuori Salone, an exhibition held in Milan, Italy on April 12-17. Verbatim's stand was designed by Mr. Satoshi Uchihara, a lighting designer who was involved in lighting up such important sites as the famous Japanese temple Kinkakuji, and the New Terminal Building at Haneda Airport.
VELVE, by the way, was "borrowed from the English word velvet" - and "communicates the feeling that the light produces". Verbatim says that these OLED lightings produce a fine, and soft, yet deep luminance - and in fact suggest setups in which the light changes during the day to mimick the natural light you'd expect from the sun at the same time (this is not a new idea).
We posted an interview with Verbatim's OLED team back in September 2010 - in which they gave us more technical details on the new panels, and we assume that this is still true for the VELVE panels:
- Size: 14cm*14cm
- Efficiency (typical): 28lm/w
- Types of materials: small molecular OLED (as emitter)
- Types of lighting: Planar thin OLED Lighting, partially using solution OLED, color temperature tunable(2700K-6500K), and RGB color tunable
- Lifetime(LT70, typical): 8000hrs
- CRI (typical): 80(R9=66)
Here's a short video from April 2010 showing Verbatim's color-tunable OLED panels in action: