Revolutionary 'light emitting wallpaper' could soon replace light bulbs

by ClickGreen staff. Published Wed 30 Dec 2009 14:25, Last updated: 2010-02-24
Wallpaper lighting could save 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year
Wallpaper lighting could save 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year

A company developing ultra-efficient organic LED (OLED) lighting technology has been awarded a £454k grant by the Carbon Trust.

The OLED materials, being pioneered by LOMOX, have a wide variety of potential applications and when coated onto a film could be used to cover walls creating a light-emitting wallpaper which replaces the need for traditional light bulbs.

As well as being flexible, OLED film will require a very low operating voltage (between 3 to 5 volts) so it can be powered by solar panels and batteries making it ideal for applications where mains power is not available such as roadside traffic warning signs.

Lighting in buildings accounts for a sixth of total electricity use in the UK. The LOMOX OLED technology promises to be 2.5 times more efficient than standard energy saving bulbs. It has been estimated that, by replacing current lighting technologies, it could reduce annual global CO2 emissions by over 2,500,000 tonnes by 2020 and nearly 7,400,000 by 2050, roughly equivalent to a quarter of the annual carbon emissions of Wales (or the annual emissions of Birmingham).

The Welsh company aims to have the first lighting products using its technology available in 2012 and also plans to use the same technology to create more energy efficient television screens.

Mark Williamson, Director of Innovations at the Carbon Trust, said: "Lighting is a major producer of carbon emissions. This technology has the potential to produce ultra efficient lighting for a wide range of applications, tapping into a huge global market.

“It's a great example of the kind of innovation that makes the UK a hotbed of clean technology development. We're now on the look-out for other technologies that can save carbon and be a commercial success."

Ken Lacey, Chief Executive of LOMOX, said: "LOMOX is an OLED Innovation and Development Company. OLEDs are new light emitting devices for low energy lighting and flat panel display applications. LOMOX OLEDs are more efficient, cost effective to produce and do not suffer from the oxidation defect of other polymer OLEDs, providing substantially longer lifetimes.

“Lighting using LOMOX OLED technology consume significantly less energy and emits less CO2 than conventional lights. We are pleased to be working with the Carbon Trust to develop this 'Green' technology."

Operating lifetime has traditionally been a problem with OLED technology, but LOMOX has found a way to achieve significantly longer lifetimes than fluorescent lamps. The technology will also be more efficient (producing 150 lumens/watt) as it only emits light along one axis. OLEDs can produce a more natural looking light than other forms of lighting.

The Carbon Trust is currently on the lookout for other technologies with significant carbon saving potential to receive up to £500k of grant funding through its Applied Research scheme. It has recently launched an open call for applications which will close on 18th February 2010. Applications can be made at www.carbontrust.co.uk/appliedresearch.

The Carbon Trust's Applied Research grant scheme has supported 164 projects from around 1900 applications and committed a total of £23m towards research worth around £55m. Approximately 65% of completed projects have, or are in the process of generating new patents, making commercial sales or receiving further investment into the development of the technology.

The scheme has provided grant funding to a wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies including fuel cells, combined heat and power, bioenergy, solar power, low carbon building technologies, marine energy devices and more efficient industrial processes.




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Comments about Revolutionary 'light emitting wallpaper' could soon replace light bulbs

Interesting Quries, I posted an enquiry about a month back. Is any one getting any replies???
Syed Raza Abdulkhader, UAE around 4 years, 8 months ago
Very interesting product. Is only to be connected to a 3 to 5 VDC? Awaiting more info Best regards
Pablo Levin, Argentina around 4 years, 8 months ago
I am thrilled with the properties of the product. It save electricity and control emission of green house gases. How soon the availibility.
Iftikhar A. Bhatti, Pakistan around 4 years, 8 months ago
Very impress and keen to promote the product & idea. Please KIV us when you are ready with the product.
SL Gopal, Malaysia around 4 years, 8 months ago
Just stripped 18 rolls of paper from my hall, stairs and landing. Do I paint or do I illuminate? Need a trial site? How much? Thanks
ray bennett, Oxford UK around 4 years, 8 months ago
When do you think initial trial production will start?
140 Anil Raje, Bhopal India around 4 years, 8 months ago
could i get all the techs specs costs and where to buy
eduardo de luna, mexico around 4 years, 8 months ago
could i get all the techs specs costs and where to buy
eduardo de luna, mexico around 4 years, 8 months ago
Alas, the reported efficiency exceeds exptl diodes by a factor of 10, and the investment needed falls short by a factor of at least 50.
Tony Maine, Australia around 4 years, 9 months ago
How much it will cost to light up 10 x10 ft Room Ceiling.What is the present cost of this OLED per Sq Ft?What is the powe consumption like
krishnaswamy, Sree LPG Mysore,India around 4 years, 9 months ago
When will I have OLED displays on wall which can replace my TV screen? I want to this for TV displays which I want to use as a wallpaper..
Sandhi Bhide, Beaverton, Oregon, USA around 4 years, 9 months ago
I'm interested, how much does it cost? Where this product can be purchased for trial test? I like to be a distributor in the Caribbean.
Juan Salazar, Puerto Rico around 4 years, 9 months ago
I m working in solar LED lighting, are intrested to know more about "light emitting wall paper. I am interested to participate in sale
SHARAD MAHORE, Nagpur ,Maharashtra,(India) around 4 years, 9 months ago
Interested in prices, application method, life time, availability etc.
Kjell Arve Eggen, Costa Rica around 4 years, 9 months ago
I've wanted this for a long time. I don't particularly like LED or CFL.Keep in touch
Michael Papworth, Perth, Western Australia around 4 years, 9 months ago
Would like receiving more info on OLED technical and availability sources.
Ed Butorajac, Hephzibah, GA, USA around 4 years, 9 months ago
Please keep me informed about applications, price and availability
Walter Lenaerts, Beerse Belgium around 4 years, 9 months ago
Interested in working opreration, power consumptionn and cost per sq.ft.with life span
kohinoor K , Mumbai, India around 4 years, 9 months ago
i'm a lightingn designer& installer always looking for new products & continuing in going green. would like as much info & availability
stephen w. hart, dallas,texas around 4 years, 9 months ago
If production process can be at low cost, enviromental friendly and at end of life disposable, it'll be a very good improvement.
Juan M. Flores, Mexico around 4 years, 9 months ago
It is very useful especially in the ships cabins where the lights depend upon the Power generated by use of Diesel sets and gas Turbines.
T.V.RAMANAN, MUMBAI INDIA around 4 years, 9 months ago
It seems a dream. How long will it be its lifelong durability? How much does it cost? Thanks for the info.
Marcello Fanutza, Carbonia, Sardinia (ITALY) around 4 years, 9 months ago
Nice. We are optimistic that this is a wave to be ridden.
Marcus, Bend, OR around 4 years, 9 months ago
The innovation indeed is commendable. How much would it cost to the cosumer approximately & in what unit will it be sold ?
Khurshid I. Qazi, Dubai around 4 years, 9 months ago
This technology coupled with wifi could and will save the news paper industry.A scroll instantly updated. Think of trees saved
Ron Houghton, USA around 4 years, 9 months ago
I too am interested where this product can be purchased for trial tests, and present costs
Brian Blackmore, Canada around 4 years, 9 months ago
is this the same as lighttape..have used it for interior lift lighting very good, works well.
chris fletcher, spain around 4 years, 9 months ago
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chris fletcher, spain around 4 years, 9 months ago
is this the same as lighttape..have used it for interior lift lighting very good, works well.
chris fletcher, spain around 4 years, 9 months ago
is this the same as lighttape..have used it for interior lift lighting very good, works well.
chris fletcher, spain around 4 years, 9 months ago
very interesting product,would love buy and even be a distributor of this product.Please keep me posted.Ilove it.
christie etuk, nigeria around 4 years, 9 months ago
please upload a catalogue and your technical specifications, to my id at the earliest.
ar. ankur vatsaa tripathi, tripoli around 4 years, 9 months ago
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ar. ankur vatsaa tripathi, tripoli around 4 years, 9 months ago
I am interested in the OLED Wallpaper and like to participate in sale
jeffrey ang, Singapore around 4 years, 9 months ago
great technology would it be able to be used in factory spaces and offices? What is the life expectancy of the sheet?
Steve Taylor, Bath,United Kingdom around 4 years, 9 months ago
Please keep me posted with updates and company info from where to buy, also info on CarbonTrust developments. Regards & Thanks
Syed Raza, Middle East around 4 years, 9 months ago
Please give me the detail of wattage require/sq.mt.
Murali, chennai around 4 years, 9 months ago
Iam interested to more about the wall paper, its commercial availability and cost per square feet.
Dr. A. K. Shah, Mumbai India around 4 years, 9 months ago
i am constructing a house for me.i am interested to purchase/install the OLED/any other power saving say solar LED lights let me know urgent
ashwin trivedi, ahmedabad gujarat india around 4 years, 9 months ago
I work in a green bldg and always looking for new ways towards carbon neutrality. This is a great innovation. Please send me updates.
Carmela Cabang, Dubai, UAE around 4 years, 9 months ago
Is this wallpaper suitable for cleanroom applications -cGMP complient? would like to know more about it.
Sagar Khedekar, Goa, India around 4 years, 9 months ago
I"M INTEREST OF EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ITEM,SPACIALY ON WALL PAPER ILUMINATION ZVI AMIT BEER-SHEVA
ZVI AMIT 4X4OQ, BEER-SHEVA ISRAEL around 4 years, 9 months ago
we are doing institutional marketing of energy saving lights since over a decade. We would like to know more techno-commercial details.
Deepak, Bansal around 4 years, 9 months ago
Can we implement it inside Tubular towers of Wind Turbines?
Abhijit Sarvade, Suzlon, Pune around 4 years, 9 months ago
Please explain its working functions & its availability
Subathra, India around 4 years, 9 months ago
kindly let us know the present dimensions of these oled wall papers, whether wind energy can help to power these?
K. BABURAO, CG GLOBAL R&D CENTRE, MUMBAI INDIA around 4 years, 9 months ago
I assume the power requirement is a low voltage DC. What will be the requirement for the power supply size for a 245 cm by 305 cm wall.
Paul M. Mrozinsky, Montgomery, AL, USA around 4 years, 9 months ago
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SHAUKAT ISMAIL, PAKISTAN around 4 years, 9 months ago
Very interesting product, could be used in billboards if sufficiently bright, have you tested this application. I would like to! Cheers
Bruce Kellermann, Australia around 4 years, 9 months ago
Generic DC power source possibilities? Do all walls need to be covered to light a room? Could a ceiling (instead of wall) application work?
Denny Engle, Gautier, MS, USA around 4 years, 9 months ago
this OLED wall paper looks promising, how's the ROI vs. traditional lights, been working on whole building LED lights conversion, thanks
Lito Tac-an, Makati City Philippines around 4 years, 9 months ago
Product update info and vendor locations
Ray Scandura, Dillingham Alaska around 4 years, 9 months ago
I am very interested in this product....I am an electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.)
Joe Edwards, Canada around 4 years, 9 months ago
how do i invest?
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I would like to get more info on the wallpaper and its availability and price if that is ta case. thks
ENRIQUE YVKER, MEXICO CITY around 4 years, 9 months ago
We would love to work with this product in our affordable green and disabled Veteran housing projects. Please keep us informed. Thank you,
Adonis Eco-Housing, ST.Paul, MN, US around 4 years, 9 months ago
Life time?When will be out in the Market. What are the dimensions and method of installation?. What is the price? Best regards
Nikkos Mistriotis, Athens,Greece around 4 years, 9 months ago
Will the output be variable and is cutting the paper to form shapes detrimental to it's function?
Mr"T", Pennsylvania around 4 years, 9 months ago
This product has a great potential. Hope it will be commercially available soon and will be economical.
Ram Mistri, Houston, Texas. around 4 years, 9 months ago
Would like to know more about this fascinaiting subject. Please send info about availability and where to get etc..Thank you
Eugenio Lopes , Lisbon Portugal around 4 years, 9 months ago
designing and inspection of all kinds of equipment were lighting is not avalible at times, how long will a battery operate the wall paper?
Jose Gomis, Douglasville, Ga., USA around 4 years, 9 months ago
If you need a place/house to test your products I would be very interested to co-operate. Kind regards.
Roger Cane, Greece around 4 years, 9 months ago
Please keep me informed as to cost and availability as I have certain applications in mind.
Gifford Neill, Goshen, IN, USA around 4 years, 9 months ago
I would be interested in pricing and availability. This looks to have great possibilities!
Norm Geist, Calgary Alberta around 4 years, 9 months ago
Future is coming very soon..When we can buy samples ?.
Vrbovsky, serbija around 4 years, 9 months ago
Our company Keystone the energy store does energy retrofits. I would like more information on your products Thanks Nash Martinez
Nash Martinez, Austin, Texas around 4 years, 9 months ago
Any data on Lunens or Footcandles per sq.feet.
Ed Reid, Arlington, Texas around 4 years, 9 months ago
Wallpaper, no; CEILING paper, YES! Could it also be mixed/patterned? Just a thought.
Brad G, Dallas, Texas around 4 years, 9 months ago
I would like to add this product into my Led business list.
Phil Yap, Vancouver, BC around 4 years, 9 months ago
we create light boxes for stained glass. interested in this product for that use.
Liza King, usa around 4 years, 9 months ago
I have always dreamt of wall-sized photos of beautiful scenery. Why not illuminate a room with pictures that can be changed for your mood?
Robert Otto, Reading, Pennsylvania around 4 years, 9 months ago
"The Welsh company aims to have the first lighting products using its technology available in 2012..." It looks like we have to wait...
Roland, Pennsylvania around 4 years, 9 months ago
need more info on specs. Could this product be used on vehicles?
Richard Martin, zimbabwei around 4 years, 9 months ago
please, - more information
Brian Latas, Grapevine, Texas around 4 years, 9 months ago
could you pls send to me more details about the wall paper and what it take to install and maintain it
oladipo omotayo, lagos nigeria around 4 years, 9 months ago
Involved in solar protection in Arizona. Interested in commercial applications and distribution opportunities here in AZ.
John Kolacz, Peoria, AZ around 4 years, 9 months ago
This is a very interesting development. Please keep me informed on new advances for this tecnology.
Jaime Romero C., Bogotá - Colombia SA. around 4 years, 9 months ago
Please send info on dimensions, price, as soon as available and where to buy.t
Michael Schlink, Feldkirchen Germany 83620 around 4 years, 9 months ago
would probably work well for back lighting signs.
Lynn Thurgood, Everett WA USA around 4 years, 9 months ago
I have known about Oled and Foled tech. for some time even EL tech. back in the 1920s nice to see more aplications come to light.
Syne Lab, Ontario around 4 years, 9 months ago
Do you have fire rateing for this product? Are you selling dealerships? Please send info
Armond Muscat, USA 60118 around 4 years, 9 months ago
A dream! Keep me informed, please, and where to buy.Thanks.
Gabriel Mester, Germany around 4 years, 9 months ago
Home Entertainment is next
Gord Reed, Calgary, AB Canada around 4 years, 9 months ago
Will radio reception be possible near these lighting systems if run off SMPS?
C Richmond, Ada MI around 4 years, 9 months ago
I AM VERY KEEN TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OLED.PRESENTLY WORKING WITH SOLAR LED LIGHTING APPLICATIONS.
MUKESH YADAV, MUMBAI-INDIA around 4 years, 9 months ago
I need more about this wallpaper oled. What are the dimensions and method of installation?. What is the price? regards
Reinaldo Gonzalez, Santiago - Chile around 4 years, 9 months ago
Product with a wide potential. Please keep me informed and up to dates on this product, and where to buy. Thank you.
Stephane Mc K., Montreal, Quebec, Canada around 4 years, 9 months ago
As a wall paper how does it connect to a power source? Any use outside? How durable is this product 4 use on the ground and sidewalk light?
Jose Esparza, Miami Florida around 4 years, 9 months ago
We are lighting people from last 40 years and also working in solar lighting, are intrested to know more about "light emitting wall paper.
C.K.Rohatgi, 15/268, Civil Lines, Kanpur, INDIA around 4 years, 9 months ago
I dreamt of this as wall lighting and orbiting billboards
Brent Grimsrud, V2L3R4 Prince George BC around 4 years, 9 months ago
would like to have the wall paper and would like to know where it is available
DR,KRISHNAN, INDIA around 4 years, 9 months ago
please keep me informed of up dates on this product and where to buy thanks
Guy Harding, Edinburgh around 4 years, 11 months ago


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