Researchers from Wake Forest university in North Carolina have developed new plastic based lighting technology called field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL). FIPEL panels are made from three layers of light-emitting polymers that can emit light in any color and can be made in any shape. The efficiency is on par with LEDs and they say the lifetime could reach 50,000 hours or so.

The researchers say that the all-plastic FIPEL "lamps" will be cheap and easy to make - and in fact they already found a "corporate partner" that aims to start producing samples in 2013. Obviously actually getting this technology to market will take a lot of time, effort and investment.