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New plastic light bulb that is flicker-free just may shake up the lighting industry

HOTtopic041212_optBY REBECCA SHEEHAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Are you tired of continuously having to adjust the light bulbs in your house?  Having one room lit up brighter than the other?

Thanks to inventor Dr. David Carroll and his Wake Forest team of scientists, by 2013, a new type of flicker-free lighting is set to illuminate houses around the country and could possibly replace fluorescent bulbs, forever. And to top it off, the light bulb is 100 percent made out of plastic.

BBC news has reported that the new light source is a field-induced polymer electroluminescent, (Fipel) technology, that is made from three layers of white-emitting polymer that contain a small volume of nanomaterials that glow when electric current is passed through them. For years compact fluorescent bulbs have been the frontrunner but according to Carroll, the new plastic lighting will produce a better and brighter quality of light.

"They (fluorescent bulbs) have a bluish, harsh tint to them, “the Wake Forest physics professor told BBC News, "it is not really accommodating to the human eye; people complain of headaches and the reason is the spectral content of that light doesn't match the Sun - our device can match the solar spectrum perfectly.”

Up until now the only new lighting system that comes to mine would be LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), which have become used as a light source due to their brightness and efficiency. Following the LED is the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes), which is most popularly used in high-definition televisions because it has a greater efficiency and can be produced in various shaped and sizes. Although light sources are advancing, Prof. Carroll still believes that the Fipel bulb will live up to all the hype that the OLED was lacking.

"They (OLED) don't last very long and they're not very bright," said the professor in a BBC online article. "There's a limit to how much brightness you can get out of them. What we've    found is a way of creating light rather than heat. Our devices contain no mercury, they contain no caustic chemicals and they don't break as they are not made of glass."

­ According to TechRadar, Prof. Carroll and his team at Wake Forest are working with a corporate team that estimates the production of Fipel technology as close to early next year.

 

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