Washington, US: Researchers at the Florida State University (FSU) have discovered a new way to make LED lighting technology cheaper and more efficient. The finding could help increase the adoption of LED lighting solutions in homes and factories, thus lowering energy usage and preserving the environment. The researchers published their work in the journal called Advanced Materials.
If cost has been a barrier to widespread adoption of LED lighting, there is a new technology promising to change things for the better. Zhibin Yu of FSU led other scientists in research whose findings have shown how the cost of producing LED bulbs can be lowered and the resulting products made more efficient.
Combining Organic and Inorganic Materials
The LED technology that Yu and his research team have developed uses a combination of both organic and inorganic materials.
The material that the researchers have discovered can dissolve and can be applied on a surface just like paint that shines red, green or blue light.
Yu said the material can be used in the production of LED bulb, and the special thing about it is that the process is simpler than what is currently in use.
A Single Layer is Enough
For example, most materials used in LED lighting require applying up to five layers on top of each other to come up with the right product. But Yu’s material is more efficient because a single layer of the material is enough to give the desired results.
Because of the efficiency of the newly discovered material in LED lighting usage, Yu says it has the potential to revolutionize lighting technology.
Yu noted that cost is what has mostly prevented people from widely embracing LED lighting. But the new material should help lower production costs because manufacturers would not have to deal with multiple layers of LED materials. As a result, LED lighting should be more affordable.
Yu has received a National Science Foundation award for more research on the new LED technology.