Kaneka Corp revealed that its organic LED（OLED) lighting panels are now ready to be shipped. If there is an order, they can be mass-produced, the company said.
Kaneka announced in April 2008 that it would launch a three-year research project for the commercialization of OLED lighting in collaboration with Osaka University. But the company decided to commercialize it before the project is finished.
Kaneka will be the second Japanese company that ships OLED lighting panels, following the Lumiotec Inc, which started shipment in February 2010.
The OLED lighting panels will come in a variety of color tones. The daylight color panel has a color temperature of 6,000K, a maximal brightness of 5,000cd/m2 and a lifetime of 15,000 hours when the initial brightness is 1,000cd/m2 (measured by Kaneka).
The warm white panel has a color temperature of 3,000K, a maximal brightness of 5,000cd/m2 and a lifetime of 10,000 hours. And the maximal brightness and the lifetime of the red panel are 2,000cd/m2 and 5,000 hours, respectively.
"We are expecting that our lighting panels will be used as supplemental lighting such as a footlight in a vehicle and lighting devices for emitting light that is easy on the eye," Kaneka said. "Also, they can be used for decoration lamps, for example, in a bar. We consider that the lifetime of 10,000 is enough for practical use."