UK’s first printed lighting panel to start in November 2010

Printed Lighting PanelAn initiative to develop the UK’s first printed lighting panel has received government funding and will officially start in November this year.

The manufacturing process to make a polymer light-emitting diode (PLED) luminaire will be proved and tested at the Printable Electronics Technology Centre (PETEC) – the UK’s national design, development and prototyping facility based in County Durham, England. It will be made possible by the installation of a large-area coating line at PETEC in early 2011.

Thorn Lighting leads the TOPDRAWER (Thin Organic Prototypes, Design, Research, Applications with Enduser Recognition) project which will help to build a comprehensive UK PLED lighting supply chain. Plans are underway to demonstrate novel capabilities at the 2012 Olympics.

The project will receive a share of the £8.4m investment, reserved for Plastic Electronics R&D, from the UK government-backed Technology Strategy Board.

Others in the consortium include Cambridge Display Technology (CDT), Tridonic, Pilkington, Conductive Inkjet Technologies (CIT) and Durham University.

Reference: News Distribution Service

Ac electroluminescent printed lighting is employed in buildings, car decals that on only when a car door is open, for example, but life in use is usually under two years. T-Ink, Inc has put partly printed multilayer electronics and electrics including lighting/ displays into cigarette multipacks, toys, point of sale displays, games etc but it has tended to use LEDs with light guides where necessary. This technology will be a prime candidate for printed lighting/displays when it is affordable and has a sufficiently long life in use.

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