Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

To develop an OLED/LED-based ambient task luminaire for office cubicle lighting that will include more than 1500 cm2 of lighted OLED panel area with an efficacy of 60 lm/W. OLEDWorks will make the OLED light panel and WAC Lighting the OLED/LED luminare.(26561)



Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) do not require diffusers, optics, shades, or reflectors that reduce the efficacy of other light sources by 30-50%. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has a 2020 goal for OLED luminaire efficiency of 148 lm/W. Currently the highest efficacy of an available OLED luminance panel is the Lumiblade Plus panel, at 45 lm/W (74mm x 74mm) and a lifetime of over 3,000 hours. In 2009, Kodak demonstrated OLED lighting with an efficacy of 66 lm/W, and a lifetime of 10,000 hours. OLEDWorks has obtained a license to use the former Kodak-patented technology in OLED lighting and employs 10 former Kodak OLED experts. OLEDWorks has also closed the private funding round required to build the prototype OLED deposition machine, capable of making 60 lm/W panels.

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Project Description

The project will develop an OLED panel for an OLED luminaire design for office cubicle task lighting with an efficacy of 60 lm/W. Specifically, OLEDWorks will develop a white OLED structure material; scale up a prototype OLED panel size to four inches by eight inches; establish an OLED fabrication line; and develop a method of serial connection for OLED panels without photolithography. OLEDWorks will also work with suppliers to improve low-cost light extraction substrates. OLEDWorks’ subcontractor, W.A.C., will design, prototype, and evaluate the OLEDWork task luminaire installed in W.A.C.'s offices. The OLED lighting panel will be manufactured by OLEDWorks, in Rochester, New York, and assembled and integrated into W.A.C.'s OLED Task Lighting fixture by W.A.C., in Garden City, New York.


Reduced energy use for office cubicles at an affordable price of $270-$400 per cubicle. Office lighting accounts for 40% of electricity consumption in office buildings in the U.S., and the proposed OLED solution is expected to result in 25% energy savings.

Project Results


1645 Lyell Ave., Ste 140 Attn: John Hamer
Rochester, NY 14606

Principle Investigator

Nikhil Taskar

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Building Systems
Solid State

NYSERDA Contact Information

Marsha Walton


R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 10/31/2012
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 26561

Last Updated: 3/7/2014 7