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OLED sources are an emerging solid-state lighting (SSL) technology for use in general illumination applications. As with standard LED lighting, OLED sources can have improved energy efficiency over conventional lighting technologies. OLED lighting can also have additional benefits, including thin light-fixture profiles, low light-source glare, uniform diffuse lighting, and high color rendering index.

The OLED lighting industry today is grappling with a set of difficulties similar to those faced by LED lighting in its early years, but OLED manufacturers have the advantage of being able to see how the LED industry worked through those problems. To assist in the process, DOE studies offer insight on the performance of today’s OLED lighting products and the technology improvements needed for commercial viability.

FIELD EVALUATIONS

Two photos side by side of ceiling-mounted OLED light fixtures.

OLED Lighting in the Offices of DeJoy, Knauf & Blood, LLP

Evaluation of a new lighting system that includes a number of different OLED luminaires.

OLED Lighting in the Offices of DKB (Report, July 2017)

OLED Lighting in the Offices of DKB (Brief, August 2017)

OLED Lighting in the Offices of Aurora Lighting Design Inc.

Evaluation of an OLED lighting installation in an office setting provides valuable feedback on successes, challenges, and complications encountered.

OLED Lighting in the Offices of Aurora Lighting Design Inc. (Report, March 2016)

OLED Lighting in the Offices of Aurora Lighting Design Inc. (Brief, May 2016)

LAB EVALUATIONS

Two photos side by side, one of an OLED panel and the other of a caliper light on a wire rack.

Stress Testing Results for OLED Panels and Luminaires

Three reports provide stress testing results for OLED panels and luminaires. The initial report updates information on a previously benchmarked OLED product (the Chalina luminaire from Acuity Brands) and provides new benchmarks on the performance of Brite 2 and Brite Amber OLED panels from OLEDWorks. The Round 2 report updates information about these products in accelerated stress tests and also provides an initial analysis of the performance of recently released OLED products—the Brite 3 panels from OLEDWorks. The third report builds on earlier DOE testing, providing updated findings about the robustness and reliability of commercial OLED products gained from more than a year of accelerated stress tests.

Round 3 Update of Stress Testing Results for OLED Panels and Luminaires (Report, March 2020)

Round 2 Update of Stress Testing Results for OLED Panels and Luminaires (Report, December 2018)

Stress Testing of OLED Panels and Luminaires (Report, January 2018)

Photometric Testing, Laboratory Teardowns, and Accelerated Lifetime Testing of OLED Luminaires

This report documents an initial investigation of OLED luminaires and summarizes the key features of the evaluated products.

Photometric Testing, Laboratory Teardowns, and Accelerated Lifetime Testing of OLED Luminaires (Report, September 2016, supplemented August 2017)

MARKET STUDY

OLED Lighting Products: Capabilities, Challenges, Potential

Study focuses on the potential for architectural OLED lighting—describing currently available OLED products, as well as promised improvements, and addressing the technology and market hurdles that have thus far prevented wider use of OLEDs. 

OLED Lighting Products: Capabilities, Challenges, Potential (Report, May 2016)

RESOURCES

OLED Basics

OLED Testing Opportunity

OLED R&D Projects