Panasonic to release new daylight and natural white OLED lighting panels

Panasonic announced they will soon release two new OLED lighting panels (and modules). The new panels will feature daylight white (5000K) and natural white (4000K) and will complement the already available bulb-color (3000K) panels). The panels, made by Panasonic Idemitsu OLED Lighting (PIOL) are already shipping and the modules (which include a built-in control circuit) will ship in August.

The panels feature a CRI of over 90, a lifetime of 10,000 hours (LT70) and an efficiency if 26-30 lm/W. They are 2 mm thick. The panels luminance: 2,600 cd/m² (5000K), 2800cd/m² (4000K), 3000cd/m² (3000K).

The modules are easy-to-install and they include a "Slide-in" structure for easy panel replacement. The module's thickness is 9mm and the efficiency is about 17 lm/W.

PIOL was established by Panasonic Electric Works (PEW) and Idemitsu Kosan in March 2011, with the aim of developing, manufacturing and marketing OLED lighting panels. The company combines PEW's design and manufacturing technologies with Idemitsu OLED materials. PIOL started producing panels in August 2011, and recently signed license agreements with UDC and GOT. We do not know whether the new panels include UDC's PHOLED materials, but it's likely that this is a hybrid structure with some PHOLEDs because of the relatively high efficiency (30 lm/W).

Posted: Jul 20,2012 by Ron Mertens