OLEDs and LEDs are Not in Competition with One Another

Do a quick Google Search of OLED and LED.  What you see is hundreds of articles comparing the two.  


Is the Future of Lighting LEDs or OLEDs?


Future Competition for LEDs’s


Which is Best LED or OLED?


These are just a few of the articles that pop-up.  But, why?  Isn’t their room for both?


Instead of comparing LED and OLEDs, we view them as complementary light sources.  In spaces that utilize LED light sources, OLED light sources can also be utilized effectively.  Let’s take a new office space that was recently designed using both technologies, as an example.  LED Linear strip lighting is used throughout the open floor plan, with OLED Lighting used in common areas, and offices to accentuate current design, and provide for a unique focal point.


You can also apply this same concept to the hospitality industry.  LEDs can be the main light source in a guest room, with OLED light fixtures giving you more scope for creative and flexible lighting solutions.  OLED lighting may be your design focal point over areas such as a desk, or vanity.  The main benefit of OLED technology is its truly unique form factor and design flexibility.  Lighting designers, interior designers, architects, and other design professionals, find this to be very appealing when they are envisioning a space.  According to a (leading) Lighting Manufacturer, “with enhanced flexibility, ultra-thin profile and lightweight design, OLED technology facilitates an archetype shift in lighting and enables the true integration of lighting and architecture.”  To reiterate, OLED technology currently enables lighting to become a focal point in the design concept.  LEDs are still needed to help illuminate a space.  They can work together.  


In a hotel lobby you can mirror the guest room concept mentioned above.  LED’s provide the overall lighting, while OLEDs could be used above a reception desk, over a bar, or mounted to a bar, above casual seating areas, and so much more.  The only limit when it comes to designing with OLEDs and LEDs is how far your imagination can go.  


OLED technology is also still in the infancy stages of development.  There is advancement every day, but due to current manufacturing process, OLED technology is more expensive than LED technology.  By utilizing both light sources in a space, you can include eye-catching OLED light fixtures, complemented with LED fixtures, while staying within a reasonable budget.  Another reason why utilizing both light sources in a space is a win-win.  


OLED technology has a unique path of differentiation.  Currently, OLED technology is geared towards a light-quality sensitive consumer.  For example, hospitality, luxury real estate, automotive, senior living, healthcare, and others.   LED is geared towards industrial, commercial and residential lighting markets.  A less light-quality sensitive consumer.  Not only is there room for both within a space, there is room for both technologies to have power in different markets.  

When OLED and LED technology are used cohesively a wide range of lighting solutions become available.   According to the National Academics of Science, Engineering and Medicine, “OLEDs can provide large-area diffuse lighting, while, in the same room, LEDs form intense point sources, useful for spot illumination and downlighting.”


There is value to research and advancement in both technologies, as both have innovative design potential, energy efficiency, and the ability to work well with one another.  

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