OLED Lighting Makes a Beautiful Chandelier

CC BY 2.0. Lloyd Alter/ Blackbody OLED fixture

French lighting design company Blackbody makes the new lighting tech an object of desire.

Almost everyone is familiar with LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes, which use semiconducting crystals to emit light. But there are also Organic LEDs, or OLEDs, that use molecules instead of crystals. “Light diffuses across much larger illumination surfaces that can be given form. OLED lighting uses organic materials made of carbon and hydrogen to emit light, which can be immediately recycled, making it one of the most environmentally friendly light sources.”

Blackbody fixture

Lloyd Alter/ Blackbody fixture/CC BY 2.0Blackbody is a French company that has been working with OLEDs for almost a decade.

We took a bet by bringing together engineers, designers and artisans in an industrial venture with a start-up attitude, capable of sharing 100% French quality and know-how throughout the world. In La Farlède, France, near Toulon, we have built one of the most beautiful factories in Europe, dedicated to OLED technology. All our products are designed, manufactured, and tested here, using OLED developed using the latest advances in nanotechnology, to create a finished product in the pure tradition of French chandelier makers.
Blackbody showroom

Lloyd Alter/ Blackbody showroom in New York City/CC BY 2.0

It’s fancy stuff, and they have opened a fancy showroom on Greene Street in New York’s high design SoHo district.

Most of the fixtures have the same white color of OLED and are very expensive, but quite dramatic.The OLEDs are cool to the touch and, unlike LEDs, are a uniform light emitting surface rather than a point source that is then diffused, giving the light a very different character. Unusually for most light sources today, you look directly at it: "It involves the death of the lampshade, the liberation of light."

Blackbody ceiling demo from Lloyd Alter on Vimeo.

Some, like this one in the video, move and change.

Will you have an OLED chandelier in your future? Probably not at these prices, but then the lastest tech usually goes to the wealthy early adopters. But you might well have OLED fixtures in your home soon. They give out an even, diffuse light that has a different character and quality from what we are used to.

Blackbody mirror

Lloyd Alter/ Mirror Mirror/CC BY 2.0

More at Blackbody, in English and French.