Light Bulbs to be Replaced by Plastic Fipel; Production Expected to Commence Next Year

December 5, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

When plastic has been deemed a dangerous waste to leave out in nature, scientists claim to have found another invention with them. LED bulbs might go out of fashion as US researchers say they have found a way to create a new light bulb from plastic.

The brains behind the research have reportedly designed bulbs with multiple layers of plastic, which will reduce or eliminate the flicker seen in other common LED bulbs.

This means a more ‘natural’ light than the ones emanating from blue-tinted fluorescent bulb seen in large-scale lighting systems.

They say this new innovation could reduce light-induced headaches among users. The research team at Wake Forest University, NC, employed the field-induced polymer electroluminescent technology (Fipel) in order to create the bulb. The process involved placing nanomaterials between polymer layers so as to create the glow.

LED bulbs have been gaining popularity due to the level of light intensity they deliver. That could change now if this new technology is commercialized.

Moreover, scientists say that Fipel technology can reproduce the OLED’s ability to be molded into any required form. This means that future monitors and mobile phones can make use of the technology.

Professor David Carroll of the WFU team explained that their innovation is a way of creating light instead of just heat. “Our devices contain no mercury, they contain no caustic chemicals, and they don’t break as they are not made of glass,” he added.

The research team says the cost of manufacturing is very low, which means that commercialization of the technology is not going to be so tough. Already the technology has seemingly grasped the attention of a “corporate partner”, so we might see a Fipel-based light bulb in the market by next year end.

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