Lumiotec

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Lumiotec, located at Yonezawa City, Japan, was formed in May 2008 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, ROHM, Toppan Printing and Mitsui to check the viability of OLED panels for lighting, and to manufacture and sell the panels.

In March 2009 Lumiotec showed their first OLED lighting prototype, and the company is now offering panels online - making about 60,000 panels a year. Here's our hands-on review with their Version 1 development kit and square OLED panel and here is some details on Lumitec's technology.

 

In early 2018 V-Technology acquired Lumiotec.

Company Address

4149-8 Hachimanpara 5-chome
Yonezawa-shi
Yamagata,
992-1128
Japan

Lumiotec to stop producing OLED lighting panels next month to focus on performance enhancements and plan its future business

Lumiotec announced that on March 31st if will stop producing its OLED lighting panel, to "plan the further performance enhancement of the product" and to plan its future business. Lumiotec will continue to offer its panels (series P06, P09, P11 and P13 panels) while stocks last.

Last month Japan's V-Technology announced it will acquire Lumiotec, which is likely what is behind Lumiotec's decision.

Read the full story Posted: Feb 23,2018

V-Technology to start producing next-generation OLED fine metal masks, acquires OLED lighting maker Lumiotec

V-Technology announced that it is establishing a new organic electronics subsidiary that will develop a next-generation OLED deposition technology that V-Technology refers to as fine hybrid mask (FHM). Total investment in this new company is estimated at 5 billion Yen ($46 million USD) for the next 2-3 years. The facility is scheduled to be completed in August 2018 and V-Technology will start shipping mask samples in October 2018.

V-Technology FHM mask demonstration (Feb 2018)

V-Technology's FHM is based on an electroforming method and the masks have a non-tension structure. V-Technology says that the total mask weight will be one tenth of current regular FMM masks, which will lower bending dramatically. V-Technology's already demonstrated an FHM that achieves 738 PPI.

Read the full story Posted: Feb 11,2018

Mitsubishi, Okamura and Taisei developed an OLED desk lamp for office use

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, in collaboration with Okamura and Taisei, developed an OLED desk lamp for offices. Taisei is constructing a Net-Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in Yokohama, and the OLED lamps will be installed in this building for testing.

The Japanese government has called for new public buildings to be ZEB-compliant by 2020. Lighting takes up about 20% of the electricity in offices so it is a key target for energy saving efforts.

Read the full story Posted: Jun 19,2014

Lumiotec's new P09 OLED lighting panels feature 45 lm/W, 40,000 hours lifetime

According to the OLED association, Lumiotec launched a new OLED lighting panel last week. The Lumiotec P09 is a 145x145 mm panel that features 45 lm/W and 4,000 cd/m2 maximum luminance. Lumiotec managed to increase the lifetime to 40,00 hours (LT70 at 3,000 cd/m2). The color temperature is 4000K and the CRI is 90.

Lumiotec will start producing the P09 panels and release them in Japan in the first half of 2014.

Read the full story Posted: Feb 02,2014

Ason Technology show their MPE OLED lighting panels

Ason Technology was established in 2006 in Japan to develop OLED lighting technologies. The company finally unveiled their first OLED lighting panel during the FPD International 2013 exhibition last month.

Ason's panel use Multi-Photo-Emission (MPE), which is a stacked emitter architecture, which is also used by Lumiotec. Usually MPE panels use about 3 layers, but Ason managed to stack 10 or more emitting layers which enables them to reach a very high brightness and CRI. Ason also developed their own diffusion reflection layer so that the emitted color does not change even when viewed from different angles.

Read the full story Posted: Nov 13,2013

Feel Lab launches two new OLED lamps with interesting designs

Feel Lab is a new Japanese company that produces OLED lamps. The company launched their first two products with some unique designs. The first one is the PACO desk lamp which is a desk lamp that is made from a magnetic wood-coated base, one OLED panel and one transparent panel (non illuminated). You can change the location of the panels (they clip magnetically to the base).

The panel used in this lamp is Lumiotec's P04. It's a square panel 97.6 x 97.6 mm in size that features 40 lumens brightness, 10 lm/W and a color temperature of 2800K. The Desk Light is now available in Japan for ¥33,600 (about $336 USD). Here's a nice video showing this interesting lamp in action:

Read the full story Posted: Jul 22,2013

GLOLED unveiled their first OLED lighting product, the Vuucu

GLOLED unveiled their first product, the Vuucu OLED lighting device. The Vuucu (designed by Keiji Akiba) is an atmospheric lamp that uses a single OLED lighting panel and a folding transparent acrylic board. As you can see in the video ad below, Vuucu can be setup in several methods, including a bedside light or a "penlight" in a hotel reception or bar:

The OLED panel is made by Lumiotec. This is their P05 module which is an all-phosphorescent panel taht features 40 lm/W and 3,000cd/m2.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 07,2013

Lumiotec announces new high CRI OLED lighting panels, targets museums

Lumiotec announced new "natural white" OLED lighting panels (P06 panels) that feature the world's highest color rendering index (Ra93*1, a CRI of over 90). This is very close to natural light, and Lumiotec targets high-end retailers and museums. The panels come in five different sizes (up to 14.5x14.5 cm in size) and cost between ¥13,000 ($165) and ¥40,000 ($508).

The panels feature an efficiency of 28 lm/W, and Lumiotec told us that they use a hybrid design, comprising of both fluorescent and phosphorescent materials (provided by UDC). We do not know what is the exact mix. Lumiotec signed their license agreement with UDC back in April, and are already producing pure-phosphorescent panels, the P5, which feature 40 lm/W.

Read the full story Posted: Jul 19,2012

TABOLA transparent and structured OLEDs now shipping, we go hands on

The Fraunhofer Institute first announced their Tabola OLED lighting panels back in October 2010, with plans to release them in Q1 2011. We haven't heard anything since (and I assumed the project was scrapped) - but last week I got a nice surprise in the mail: three sample panels (two transparent, one structured). The Fraunhofer are now producing sample panels and have actually started to ship these cool transparent Tabola OLEDs to customers now - which makes these the first transparent OLED lighting panels on the market. Read on for our hands-on review.



Read the full story Posted: Apr 23,2012

On Lumiotec's technology and manufacturing process

Lumiotec released an interesting article that discusses the company's Multi-Photon Emission (MPE) stacked device structure and how it helps to achieve high luminance and long lifetime, their light out-coupling and encapsulation technologies and the company's mass production process. The paper also includes a discussion on the development of their next generation panel which uses phosphorescent materials provided by Universal Display Corporation to improve the efficiency.

Here's our own review of Lumiotec's Hanger and Vanity OLED lamps, and here's our review of the company's first-gen OLED lighting panel. Here are a couple of videos showing Lumiotec's panels and lamps:

Read the full story Posted: Mar 29,2012

Lumiotec signs license agreement with UDC, to launch sample 40 lm/W panels next month

Lumiotec signed a new OLED technology license agreement with Universal Display - and will integrate UDC's technology and materials into their OLED lighting products. Lumiotec will pay license fees and running royalties to UDC, and the term of the agreement runs through December 31, 2015.

Lumiotec OLED lamps

Lumiotec says that they will start delivering sample panels next month (February 2012) - mainly 145x145 mm square panels - with warm white color and 40 lm/W efficiency. The company will start mass production these panels by April. Lumiotec also says that they are developing high-efficient natural white panels - and these will be released sometime during 2012.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 10,2012

Lumiotec Hanger and Vanity OLED lamps hands on review

Back in June, Lumiotec announced a couple of new OLED lamps: the Vanity desk lamp and the world's cheapest OLED lamp, the $450 Hanger. Both use a single square OLED panel (we reviewed a previous generation panel back in September 2010). They were kind enough to send both lamps for a review, and after a few weeks of dealings with the Israeli customs, the lamps finally arrived and here's my review.

Both lamps use Lumiotec's Version-2 square OLED panels (14.5 x 14.5 mm active area) which feature a color temperature of 4,900K and a maximum luminance of 2,700 cd/m2. The panels are not very efficient at 10.5 lm/W (they use all-fluorscent OLEDs). The Hanger consumes 12 W while the Vanity consumes 13 W (the extra Watt is because of the electric touch sensor, more on this below). Here's our hands-on review of Lumiotec's Version-1 panels.

Read the full story Posted: Nov 17,2011

Blackbody V-LUX OLED desk lamp hands on review

Blackbody announced their new Smart OLED lamp family back in September 2011, and they kindly sent us a V-LUX OLED desk lamp for a review. The V-LUX is an OLED desk lamp with two long rectangular OLED panels, designed by Bertrand's ID Medas. The V-LUX comes in 4 colors - gray, red, black and white - they sent me the black one.

Each OLED panel is 100 cm2 in size, has a color rendering index of 80 and a color temperature of 3200K. The V-LUX consumes 2.8 W and its size is 35 (H) x 25 (W) x 46 (L) cm. The price is €572.

Read the full story Posted: Nov 07,2011

Lumiotec to start selling two OLED lamps, including the portable Hanger - the world's cheapest at $450

Lumiotec announced it will start selling two OLED lamps in September 1st - in Japan, Europe and other countries. The first one is the Hanger - a portable lamp that comes in several colors (red, white, yellow, blue, yellow-green, pink, purple and silver) and has a really cool design:

The Hanger uses Lumiotec's 14.5x14.5 Square white OLED panels (here's our Hands on review of the first generation version of these panels). The OLED features a color temperature of 4,900K, maximum luminance of 2,700cd/m2 and it consumes 9.5W. The price of the Hanger (including the controller, dimmer switch and AC/DC adapter) is ¥35,000 (or about $450) which makes it the cheapest OLED lamp available.

Read the full story Posted: Jul 28,2011

Lumiotec OLED lighting updates

Lumiotec sent us some interesting updates today. First of all, the company is already producing and shipping their second generation panels. They call these the 'standard' panels, or Version 2.0. The older panels (like the one we reviewed a while back) is referred to as 'pre series' or Version 1.0. The new panels offer better efficiency and lifetime and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They also cost a lot less then the first version - ranging from €115 to €350 (so the large square is down from around €700 to €260!). You can see Lumiotec's updated datasheet here.

A while back we reported that Rohm developed a new OLED lighting panel that uses a red phosphorescent material - which results in a much more efficient panel (25-30lm/W). We assumed that Lumiotec's Version 2.0 panels use Rohm's new panels - but sadly this is not the case. The Ver 2.0 are still all fluorescent, and the efficiency is just a little over 10.5lm/W. Lumiotec says that they consider phosphorescent materials a must for efficient panels and they do plan to go down that route in the future.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 13,2011

OLED Lighting news from Japan's Lighting Fair 2011

Japan's OLED lighting fair started in March 8th, and we got some interesting OLED Lighting news. NEC lighting is showing several OLED lighting lamps using their upcoming panels - which will be 10x10cm ones offering 60lm/W efficiency - which is actually very good. The company plans to commercialize them in fiscal 2011 (which ends of March 2012). NEC is using UDC's PHOLED materials, which explains the relativly high efficiency.

NEC Lighting OLED lighting at Japan Lighting Fair 2011 (photo)NEC OLED lighting

Panasonic Electric Works is another company that's developing OLED lighting panels based on UDC's materials, and now we hear that they too plan to commercialize their panels in 2011. We don't have any technical details on those panels yet.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 10,2011

Rohm and Lumiotec developed a new OLED lighting panel, to start shipping soon

Rohm developed a new (2nd-generation) OLED lighting panel that uses a red phosphorescent material. The new material results in a more efficient device - about
25-30lm/W, up from about 11lm/W in their first-generation all-fluorescent device.


Lumiotec (which is partly owned by Rohm) will start producing these new panels in "volume" within a few days (Lumiotec reported earlier that it will make around 60,000 panels a year). The new panel's size is 145x145mm (the same size of Lumiotec's older panels) and will cost ¥30,000 (about $365) - which is cheaper than Lumiotec's first-gen panels (the whole development kit used to cost The kit costs ¥84,000 - about $930). Lumiotec will also introduce other shapes and sizes. Here's our review of Lumiotec's older OLED Lighting panels.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 20,2011

Lumiotec to start mass producing OLED lighting panels in January 2011

Lumiotec announced today that they will begin mass production of OLED Lighting panels in January 2011. The production capacity will be around 60,000 panels a year, and the company will offer panels in five different shapes (two squares and three rectangular) and in two different colors: lamp (3000K) and natural white (5000K). Selling 60,000 panels a year means that most of these will go into commercial lamps, and not just 'sample designs'.

Lumiotec has started shipping sample panels back in February 2010 (here's our hands-on review) - and the new panels will be thinner, lighter and cheaper. In fact thickness and weight have been halved (all the panels are 2.1mm thick), and the price for the large square panel (145x145mm) will be 30,000 yen (around $360) - less than half of the price of the sample panel.

Read the full story Posted: Nov 10,2010