There’s already a boatload of different companies who make high-efficiency, smartphone-controlled LED lightbulbs, so LG is taking things to the next level. Earlier today at the Light + Building show in Frankfurt, Germany, the company unveiled a new, ultra-thin table lamp that, instead of using conventional LEDs, relies on an ultra-slim OLED sheet to produce light.
Much like the company’s recently-announced Smart Lamp LED bulb, the OLED Table Lamp is designed to interface with mobile devices, so, as is the norm with “smart” products these days, users will be able to control it via an accompanying iOS or Android app. As long as you’re within Bluetooth range, you’ll be able to wirelessly turn the lamp on or off, adjust its brightness, or activate preset light modes for things like reading and watching movies.
This actually isn’t the first OLED lamp ever to be created, but it is the first time we’ve seen a major manufacturer like LG dip its toes into the OLED lighting business. If other big companies jump on the OLED bandwagon, it could kick off a movement away from traditional light fixtures, and help the industry move “beyond the bulb” so to speak. The versatility of OLEDs affords them with a broader range of potential uses and applications than normal lights. Imagine, for instance, a flat light fixture that doubles as a television, or lights that can be applied to walls in the same fashion as wallpaper.
It’s all speculation at this point, but the larger possibilities of OLED lighting are exciting, and this is definitely something you’ll want to keep an eye on in the future.