If incandescent lighting is yesterday’s technology, and LED light bulbs are today’s solution, what does the future of lighting hold? Perhaps FIPEL – an engineered polymer that illuminates when electrically charged.
Researchers at Wake Forest University’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials have developed a promising new lighting that could offer warm, energy-efficient illumination in homes and offices. Field-induced polymer electroluminescence (FIPEL) lights are basically moldable white-emitting polymers, blended with nanomaterials that produce light when electrified.
FIPEL lights last for years, contain no mercury, produce a warm white light, and are twice as energy efficient as CFLs (compact fluorescent lights). And the shatter-proof polymer material could theoretically be formed into any shape from a ceiling panel light to a screw-in bulb. Wake Forest researchers are working with a manufacturer to develop a consumer-ready product by sometime next year.
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