"Lamp [lâmp]: a celestial body that gives off or reflects light something that illumines the mind or soul"
The idea realized through the prototype was born in late December 2008 and it took us nearly 2 years to get to this point.
WHY the LAMPED idea? When you are a frequent user of a table or a floor lamp, especially if your work consists of precision, you need a source of light that is comfortable for both your eye and mind: constant, fine light colour & intensity, less shades, economical, nature friendly, functional, light in weight & thin so it doesn't take too much of your space physically nor visually. You need a luminaire that will not need to be moved every time you do so; a luminaire that could be fixed so that it gives more light efficiency.
In one word, a suitable design of a lamp for a contemporary way of life.... LAMPED!
The lamp is using OLED lighting tiles made with the newest technologies of the Fraunhofer-Institut Photonische Mikrosysteme.
Organic light-emitting diodes are composed of a stack of organic layers (thickness about 100 nm), which are connected on both sides by electrodes. Usually an OLED consists of a glass panel with a transparent conductive oxide layer, whereupon follow several layers of organic emitting, hole transport, and electron transport materials. Afterwards follows the inorganic cathode. Substantial advantages of the organic luminescence are the chemical variability of the organic light-emitting diodes and the thin film system (extremely low material expense).
Difference between LEDs and OLEDs: OLEDs are a flat light source, emitting diffuse light from a potentially large active area. OLEDs do not need light distribution elements, thus reducing the cost for the whole lighting panel. In contrast, LEDs are a point source technology which needs light distribution elements to disperse the light evenly on large areas. Additionally OLEDs use low peak brightness on large area, LEDs provide very high bright- ness on a small area, which often causes glares.
The technical facts of the tiles used: The light color of 2900K, soft white, and the emittance of 1000cd/m2 are suitable for the book reading in a dark room and also very comfortable to the human eye. The lamp is modular and can be used as wall, table, floor and ceiling lamp depending on the number of modules/tiles used. Every tile is 15cm long, 5cm wide and 0,5cm thick.
LAMPED is a modular, multi-functional, linear, sustainable, long term lamp.
It uses OLED light sources, or organic light emitting diodes, the new lighting technology with intrinsic advantages such as transparency, flexibility, thinness, large luminous surface as well as the less sharp given shades.
The lamps' joints and foot are made out of moulded steel while the masks of the OLED tiles of aluminium. Aluminium, as a light and recyclable metal was a perfect choice for this project. This idea has shown, through the process of its' construction, that the best joints are the "ball joints" as the ones found in a human body. The electrical cable passes through the lamps body but the joints are cableless: they function on the + - metal electrical conductivity. Lamp can be dismantled easily: unscrew the joints, the foot can be easily detached from the tiles("jack" instead of cable passing through).
The joints can move in any direction, so we obtain 8-12 movable OLED tiles by which we create our own lighting ambience as well as the exact definition of luminance and light emitting direction. The tiles as well as the whole lamp could be painted by the RAL specification chosen by the customer or the selling company.
Since for a different use we could use more or less tiles, it is a modular type- small floor lamp, tall floor lamp, table lamp, hanging lamp, kitchen element lighting... a lighting system.
This lamp was quoted by many professionals, lighting designers, architects and scientists as the most commercial and functional lamp yet made with OLED lighting technology.
It was the part of London Design Week 2010, IMM Cologne 3D Design Talents 2011 and the Milano Salone Satellite 2011, and Berlins' Qubique 2011.