Scientists in the US have devised a new flexible material that could revolutionise the way we light our homes and offices.

The material is the product of a 13 year research project by scientists at the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and the University of Michigan. It is similar to an OLED in that it uses layers of blue, green and red screens to create white light.

The new material replaces the blue screen with a dyed sheet, which cuts power consumption by 20 per cent but still allows the panel to remain clear when not supplied with current. This would allow the panels to be used as sky-light by day or as the transparent top to a laptop.

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