GE Lighting and Cooledge Lighting Collaborating on Next-Generation LED Light Sheets
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — April 23, 2013 — (NYSE:GE) — GE Lighting has entered a joint-development agreement with Cooledge Lighting Inc. to develop a customized GE Lightech™ LED power-supply driver as a key component in Cooledge’s first full range of LED light sheet solutions for fixture companies, which debut this week at the LightFair International trade show in Philadelphia (Cooledge Lighting booth 3712 and GE Lighting booth 2101).
GE Lighting’s JDA with Cooledge extends beyond the LED driver integration to include the development of high performance LED phosphors and LED solutions targeting a wide range of commercial applications including signage and retail refrigeration applications.
“Our technology and application teams appreciate the range of possibilities enabled by this new LED form factor,” says Maryrose Sylvester, president & CEO, GE Lighting. “These Cooledge light sheets advance the art of light fixture design by combining the application features of organic light emitting diodes with the cost and performance of LED technology.”
Cooledge’s flexible LED light sheets are engineered to provide high-quality lighting utilizing a highly dense pattern of LEDs on a thin plastic substrate.
“I know the depth and breadth of GE Lighting’s global technology organization and its commercial channel expertise will accelerate the broader adoption of Cooledge LED light sheet technology,” says C. Wade Sheen, CEO, Cooledge Lighting. “We’re inspired by GE Lighting’s vision and support, and eager to show the lighting design and fixture manufacturing communities what the future of lighting can be—starting this year.”
The unique form factor of Cooledge’s LED light sheets allows large panels, long lengths and the ability to conform to a wide variety of shapes—eliminating many of the constraints and challenges imposed by traditional LED lighting options. Luminaire designs using the LED light sheets can be fluid and minimal, also permitting unique material choices in many cases. Based on Cooledge's patented technology, this new medium of light requires no additional heat-sinking or thermal management.
To learn more about innovation in LED light sheet system designs, visit www.gelighting.com.
About Cooledge Lighting Inc.
Cooledge is a venture backed start-up focused on delivering high value solid-state lighting solutions to the general illumination market. Founded in 2009, Cooledge is currently in the development stage of the company with the product launch of a flexible LED light sheet coming at Lightfair 2013 in Philadelphia, PA, April 23-25, 2013.
About GE Lighting
GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business employs about 15,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and Evolve™, GTx™, Immersion™, Infusion™, Lumination™, Albeo™ and Tetra® commercial brands, all trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information, visit www.gelighting.com.
50 Years of LED Innovation
Oct. 9, 1962, GE scientist Dr. Nick Holonyak, Jr., invented the first practical visible-spectrum light-emitting diode (LED). In the 50 years since, GE has been on the forefront of LED innovation. The company has released inspired LED products for both residential and commercial settings, from the first ENERGY STAR®-qualified A19-shaped LED bulb to LED street lighting that illuminates cityscapes the world over.