Fipels challenge LEDs
Fipel (field-induced polymer electroluminescent) lighting could replace LEDs and fluorescent lighting. First production is expected next year.
Invented by David Carroll, Professor of Physics at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, Fipels use three layers of light-emitting polymer which contain traces of nanomaterials which glow when a current is applied.
Fipels can be made in any shape with any tint to the white light, says Dr Carroll, who says he’s made one which has lasted ten years.
Fipels contain no mercury or caustic chemicals.
Carroll says he has an industrial partner which will be manufacturing Fipel lighting next year.