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Dr Martin Möck

Issue 59 Feb / Mar 2011

“OLEDs are not only limited to decorative lighting design. The possibilities are endless.”

By now, most lighting designers and luminaire manufacturers are aware of Organic LEDs. The OLED story has been slowly unfolding over recent years - driven in the main by the major light source manufacturers. The limitations of this new technology as it stands has so far precluded its use in traditional luminaire manufacture. However, one group who have enthusiastically taken up the challenge of using this new technology are the product designers. Enthused by this new technology, they have searched for appropriate ways of incorporating OLED into products that balance useful illumination and aesthetic appeal.

On the face of it, Dr Martin Möck is one such designer, though on closer inspection, his credentials run deeper than most. Möck followed his PhD dissertation research in architectural lighting design and simulation at the Building Technologies Program of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with assistant and associate professorships at the department of architectural engineering at the University of Kansas, Pennsylvania State University and Arizona State University. In 2007 he was invited to help the OSRAM team with their mission to develop energy efficient lighting schemes based on SSL for exterior and interior lighting and analysing lighting concepts in respect of their efficiency, standards and optics.

Möck has developed an attractive new product that amalgamates OLED and classic LEDs: the PirOLED – an 80cm tall aluminium double helix, inspired by both art (the graceful pirouette ballet move) and science (the iconic shape of DNA).

The product is, says Möck, a significant step in the development of OLED. “We have designed a luminaire with an innovative form that is suitable for LED and OLED. LEDs and OLEDs however are small and have neither any volume, stringent shape nor almost any material – they are pure light. In the past, form followed form. That means that the luminaire form followed the reflector form, which in turn followed the lamp form. Furthermore, mechanics and parts played an essential role. Nowadays, form follows function: LED and OLED systems follow the shape of the application which is determined by furniture like tables or work stations, building elements (windows, cornices, frames, supports, beams, surfaces) and automotive interior elements.”

For the PirOLED, LEDs have been incorporated into the base to shine upwards onto the OLED panels which are reflective on the back. This means that the LED beam can be directed and dispersed anywhere. Significantly, the LEDs consume around 6W and the ORBEOS panels consume around 4W making it extremely efficient.

Far from being the preserve of decorative lighting design, Möck is convinced that OLEDs will be key to future lighting provision. “They open up completely new possibilities for architects, lighting planners and designers,” he says. “Essentially any object, piece of furniture, walls, ceilings, windows and many other items can be turned into a light source. But OLEDs are not only limited to decorative lighting design. They will also become part of functional areas. In offices, OLED will first become part of the work station. In retail, OLED will be integrated in shelves and displays. The possibilities are endless.”


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