Wake Forest University scientists have developed a flicker-free, shatterproof alternative for large-scale lighting.
The lighting, based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent
(FIPEL) technology, also gives off soft, white light – not the yellowish
glint from fluorescents or bluish tinge from LEDs.
“People often complain that fluorescent lights bother their eyes, and
the hum from the fluorescent tubes irritates anyone sitting at a desk
underneath them,” said David Carroll, professor of physics and director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. “The new lights we have created can cure both of those problems and more.”
The team uses a nano-engineered polymer matrix to convert the charge
into light. The technology allows the researchers to create an entirely
new light bulb – overcoming one of the major barriers in using plastic
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