The Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) is one of the newer lighting technologies which promises to revolutionize the lighting world. There are many different types of OLEDs in everyday devices from cell phones and media players to backlighting applications. At the moment, bright white OLED for general lighting applications are hindered by the weak performance of blue OLED processes. Intensity and longevity are two properties which are already well represented in red and green OLEDs but not in blue OLEDs. New breakthroughs in blue OLED technology were announced recently by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories wherein their blue OLEDs have 25% improved power efficiency over current levels. The lighting world is excited to have better blue OLEDs for white displays but we can see the potential for these to be used as a source of supplemental blue light over smaller tanks. Of course the tech has a long way to go to get from the lab to consumer ready products but we’ll wait. We’re still waiting for our blue LED actinic light strip.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.